Boise Elementary Spanish
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Our Teachers

Our teachers are a dedicated group of educators working hard to bring foreign language classes to public school students in Boise. Some are native speakers, some are bilingual education majors at Boise State, and some are just passionate about offering their gift of speaking two languages to children in our community. BES teachers share a common goal of instilling a love of language learning at an early age.

Rick Butler, Liberty

When Rick was 19 he set off to Lima, Peru to live and travel in South America. He spent a year traveling around Peru and Colombia becoming fluent in the language along the way. After returning to the U.S. he began teaching private lessons to eager learners, sharing the unconventional and adventurous methods he used to learn the language himself. Regarding teaching for BES, Rick says, "This is exactly the kind of fun and engaging exposure to Spanish that kids need to prepare themselves for success learning foreign languages down the road. I feel that too many kids end up getting the wrong idea of what it is to learn and experience a foreign language from unenthusiastic high school teachers using outdated teaching methods. This is an opportunity for many different teachers with unique colorful backgrounds to come together and show kids how much fun it is to experience Español!"

Valeria Schuerman, Riverside & Amity

My name is Valeria Schureman, I am from Chile. I have 2 kids. I have lived in Boise for 7 years. I like to teach Spanish to children. My object is to teach the children Spanish and about different cultures in a fun way.

More teacher bios coming soon!