Priscilla was born in the USA to hardworking and loving parents from Ecuador. Priscilla grew up speaking Spanish as a first language. Having lived in Ecuador as a child and traveling throughout Latin America as an adult, she developed a passion for working with Latino communities. As a result, she worked for more than ten years developing curricula for agencies serving Latino children of underserved communities, specifically in the fields of public health and youth development.
After starting a family of her own, Priscilla discovered a passion for working with young children, and a gap in affordable activities to support a bilingual upbringing of children in her local community. Drawing from her studies of best practices in early childhood and second language development (e.g., Total Physical Response and Total Physical Response and Storytelling, Early Childhood Education, developmental cooperative preschools, and Waldorf preschool programs), Priscilla began teaching her own curriculum: ¡Hola! Spanish Immersion Programs, in 2007.
Watching child after child go off to kindergarten with a love of and growth in the Spanish language affirmed the effectiveness of the HSIP model. The ability to grow HSIP by leaps and bounds amidst a sharp economic downturn affirmed a second wish: To develop an affordable small-business model for others to experience the same success in their own communities.
Toward that end, Priscilla partnered with the incredibly talented (and FUN!) duo Gabriela Pérez Ugalde and Ricardo Marotta. Together, they launched Bamboleo Spanish Immersion Systems (aka Bamboleo) in 2014.
Priscilla teaches Bamboleo classes in Long Beach, CA and surrounding communities. In her down time, she loves to craft, read, dance to lively salsa music (in the living room), and do all three with her husband and kids! She lives with her immensely supportive and loving husband, and three wonderful children in Long Beach, CA.
Our language programs are offered in various locations throughout southern California by independent proprietors that are trained and licensed to teach Spanish Immersion Networking Group programs. Licensing opportunities will be widely available, soon. To receive our monthly update or make an inquiry, please add your contact information to our distribution list:
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