The Vander Zwaag family are the veterans in our DLI parent series. With children in 6th, 4th and 2nd grades, they have the most experience walking this immersion journey. We think you’ll find their insights truly inspiring as they reflect on their experiences with this form of education.
Gregg and Monica Vander Zwaag live in Zeeland. Gregg works at Geskus photography, and Monica manages the active kids while volunteering in a mentorship program and working part time. Gina, 6th grade; Isaac, 4th grade; and Hannah, 2nd grade; are all enrolled in Spanish Immersion through Zeeland Christian School. We sat down with the family, this past August to unpack some of the reasons why they embarked on this journey and to listen in on why immersion education has become such a valued part of their children’s educational experience.
Gregg and Monica sat with Chris Marlink, add.a.lingua’s director of strategic impact, and shared the factors that influenced their choice of immersion, the ways they have seen immersion shape each child uniquely (the results and experiences aren’t all the same!). They also shared some words of wisdom for parents who are just beginning this journey.
The Vander Zwaags offer a message of love and perseverance, and we hope they encourage you as they have us. Look for more updates from the Vander Zwaags on our blog soon.