La Senda Spanish center was founded in 2018 by Emma Freebersyser. She was teaching Spanish classes and working in Spanish immersion classrooms when she began to notice that students were lacking the passion that sparked her love for Spanish. The following summer, Spanish camp opened with the goal of showing students that Spanish is fun. Spanish camp was received with overwhelming positivity and what started as a hobby has become a fully operating Spanish center. Emma now runs La Senda full time after graduating from Bethel University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Her experience living in Segovia Spain and teaching at La Aneja CEIP have shaped programs and inspired the heart behind our teaching philosophy. The meaning behind La Senda, translated to “the path,” signifies the path to learning and loving Spanish. Our variety programs are designed to create a path for everyone no matter where they are in their Spanish journey.
We believe that Spanish should be celebrated in community. We love when students of different language levels are mixed together, so they can teach and inspire one another. Read the categories below to hear more about how we grow learners of all levels.
New to Spanish
La Senda is a great environment to learn Spanish for the very first time! Kids are in a critical period for language development and we take advantage of that by welcoming them into a fun, Spanish-speaking environment. Maybe you’re thinking about immersion school in the future or you just want to expose your child to new opportunities, now is the time to start!
Beginner level students are those who have had some exposure to Spanish from lessons at school or from a Spanish-speaking parent. At La Senda, they are able to build a strong foundation for loving Spanish. They see others speaking Spanish and begin to develop an eager motivation to learn. Students get to experience how fun Spanish can be outside of the classroom environment.
La Senda has the perfect experiences for immersion students. We want them to be challenged yet celebrated. Students who already love Spanish thrive at La Senda. For those students who might be burnt out from school or more reluctant to speak Spanish outside of the classroom, we show kids that learning Spanish is fun! We want to help kids find their own motivation to learn Spanish!
La Senda is the perfect community for kids whose first language is Spanish! Kids get to have fun and meet new friends all while being part of a Spanish speaking community. Maybe you’re a native speaker, but struggle to get your children to speak Spanish. Here, staff encourage and motivate kids to take pride in their ability to understand and speak Spanish!
We are excited for you to start a path at La Senda! Our philosophy is that every program should be fun. To achieve this, we have three main approaches. Let’s take a closer look at our La Senda Paths.
Why learn Spanish?
Spanish is a growing language that is becoming more and more common in the United States. In many other countries, it is common for kids to grow up speaking multiple languages. Not only is Spanish going to be helpful for your child’s future career, but studies show that speaking a second language improves cognitive development, memory, and first language proficiency. With all of the amazing benefits that learning Spanish can provide, now is the time to start. Language acquisition gets tougher as you get older. Young kids are like sponges when it comes to learning languages. You have the opportunity to give your kids the incredible gift of language.
Mission: The mission of La Senda is to create an environment that encourages people to love Spanish.
- Learning should have a foundation of intrinsic motivation
- The ability to communicate in Spanish is valuable and should be celebrated
- Curiosity and confidence will create unity
- “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
- Connect in community
- Share passion
- Elevate others
- We want La senda to be a community defined by fun and passionate individuals who inspire others to be excited about Spanish.
- High quality programs
- Purposeful partnerships
- Creative culture
- Continual staff development