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meet the Housman family

We are thrilled to introduce Dan and Cortney Housman of St. John, Indiana. The Housmans are a pioneer family at an add.a.lingua partner school, Crown Point Christian School. Their oldest daughter is a 5th grader, and is dsc_0606not enrolled in the immersion program. Their middle son, Olyver, is a 2nd grader and their son, Henry is a pre-K student. Presently, Olyver is their only student enrolled in the Spanish immersion program. We are excited for them to unpack how this educational model has impacted the life of their family and how they see it shaping their children’s futures. We are certain you’ll find ways to connect to this family as they share their experiences this coming year.

During this podcast, Dan and Cortney share the reasons they were drawn to Spanish immersion (despite not being able to offer this option to all of their children). Among those reasons are points related to improved cognition, work force advantages, cultural experiences, and a missional point of view. They share how, even in the first year, they are seeing some of their hopes and dreams realized. The Housmans offer a message of value and worth when they share the heartfelt sentiment they experienced immediately after dropping Olyver off at school for the first day of first grade, “I drove away with tears in my eyes…we are giving him an opportunity that is priceless.” Join us as we journey with Dan, Cortney and Oliver this year on the blog.

Filed under: dliparents, Spanish Immersion

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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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