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Learning a second language at an early age is beneficial because it:

  • Has a positive effect on intellectual growth.
  • Enriches and enhances a child’s mental development.
  • Leaves students with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening.
  • Improves a child’s understanding of his or her native language.
  • Gives a child the ability to communicate with people he or she would otherwise not have the chance to know.
  • Opens the doors to other cultures and helps a child understand and appreciate people from other countries.
  • We are looking forward to teach your children.

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Meet the Spanish Teachers

Señora Utell

This is my fourth year teaching at the Ray school but I have been a Spanish teacher since 2006. I worked for 9 years at the elementary school in Brookline NH.

When I was living in Colombia, I was a pre school teacher in a private school and I also taught English for the little ones.

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A few facts about Señora Utell
  • I am from Colombia, South America
  • I live in Grantham NH.
  • I have been living in United States since 2004.
  • My husband is American.
  • I have a daughter, 10 years old, her name is Mariana. I have a step son Myles, who is an amazing tennis player.
  • In my free time, I like to walk, read and play tennis, but my favorite hobby is to dance to Latin music.
  • My whole family is in Colombia, so I spend most of my summers there.
  • I am very proud of my daughter, who speaks beautiful Spanish.
  • I am very proud of myself because I learned how to ski even when I had never seen snow before I moved to NH.
  • My dream is to visit Paris one day.
  • My passion is to teach and share my culture with my students.

Señora Holman

¡Hola! My name is Silvia Holman and I am very pleased to be a part of the Ray School community.

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I have 17 years of teaching experience in both Peru and the United States, focusing on elementary Spanish in both full immersion and bilingual settings. Prior to moving to New Hampshire, I taught first and second graders as a Spanish reading specialist in the District of Columbia; before that, I taught full-day Kindergarten Spanish immersion for non-native speakers in Montgomery County, Maryland. While teaching in Maryland, I also received a Certificate in Bilingual Special Education from the George Washington University.

A few facts about Señora Holman

  • I was born in Lima, Peru, and spent my childhood between Lima and Iquitos, on the banks of the Amazon River.
  • I moved to the United States in 2004.
  • For almost 10 years, I lived in Washington, DC, but moved with my family to New Hampshire in 2015.
  • I live in Hanover and love living here. It is much quieter than the city but I like that!
  • I have two children, Peter and Cora, ages 6 and 4. The whole family (even my New Englander husband) speaks Spanish at home.
  • My son Peter is a 1st grade this year and we are ALL very excited!
  • I like spending time outdoors. Two of my favorite winter activities are snowshoeing and cross-country skiing!
  • My favorite food is pollo a la brasa, which is Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Even though I am far from Peru, I like cooking Peruvian dishes for my family.
  • I like to go to playgrounds and town events and connect with other families in the area. Hopefully I’ll see you in el pueblo one day soon!

Señora García

My name is Alma García. I´m pleased to be a part of the Ray School community. I will be teaching the 1st and 2nd grade Spanish classes this year.

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I have been an elementary teacher since 1987 and I specialized in preschool education in 1992. In the country of my birth, I worked in both public and private schools. In 1990 I established a private kindergarten with three other colleagues that attends children from ages one to five and continues to operate today. Since moving to the US in 2007, I worked one year in the Milford, NH school district as a part-time ESL Associate and since then have been working as a part-time Spanish teacher at the Mont Vernon, NH Village School where I teach grades K-6

I appreciate the opportunity to relate my native language to primary school students and to show them the wide cultural variety that all of the Latin/Hispanic countries have to offer.

Alma Garcia

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Silvia Holman

Departments: Spanish

Ana Utell

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