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#DLIPARENTS – the stories

We trust you had a fantastic summer and are enjoying the back to school fun that always happens in late August and early September. We wanted to take a moment and share with you some details about an upcoming series on our blog.

We’ve reached out to add.a.lingua partner schools and asked several immersion families –

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The Wickstra Family

families just like yours – to share their journey in immersion education with us over the coming school year. These families will share the reasons they were driven to enroll their child in this type of education. They may share how they fielded questions from skeptical friends, and how the program has impacted their family. Other families may share about struggles that they’ve had along the way, and the importance of persevering.

Some of these families have enrolled children in Mandarin Chinese immersion, and some have enrolled children in Spanish. Some are new families; some are immersion veterans. They are heritage speakers of the immersion language; they are English dominant speakers. They live in Michigan; they live in the midwest. All of them, though, have found an add.a.lingua program to be a formative experience in the lives of their child(ren).

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The VanderZwaag family

We encourage you to join us this year – as we begin introducing each of our #DLIPARENT blogger families via podcast over the next several weeks. We believe you’ll find a piece of at least one story that connects to yours. And we hope you’ll be inspired by these parents to share your story with those around you!


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Kristi Van Dyk is an immersion parent who is passionate about offering dual language immersion as an educational option to all schools and districts. The opportunity to raise bi-lingual children, despite her family’s lack of second language proficiency has expanded the dreams she and her husband have for the future of their children. It is this passion for real life change that Kristi brings to all of our new partner schools. Kristi’s educational training began at Hope College in education in the areas of English and Mathematics for elementary. Kristi pursued additional training in brain based curriculum development through the Midwest Brain and Learning Institute as well as an M.A. in educational administration from Western Michigan University. You can find Kristi connecting with new potential partners, sharing experience with new parents and assisting with training of new teachers.

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