Thank you for your coverage of Lincoln’s Spanish Immersion teacher, Kathleen Priceman, upon her receipt of the Distinguished Teacher Award by the Chicago Area Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). As a parent of a Spanish Immersion graduate and two current students in the program, I want to let the community and the new superintendent know how much my children have benefited from the immersion program in both learning the Spanish language, and in gaining an enhanced understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures within and outside of the United States. These ties to the Spanish-speaking world are strong and have given them the sense that these cultures are extensions of their own.
As our country, a melting pot, struggles to find empathy and build bridges within, let us look for additional opportunities for our children to connect with those in and outside of our communities embracing different languages, cultures, socio-economics, or race.
Many families purchase homes in the Lincoln School district in hopes of getting into Spanish Immersion; however, with only one tract available, the odds of getting in are not in their favor. I would encourage Lincoln as well as all other D97 elementary schools to consider more cross-cultural opportunities for our children like immersion programs.
Our world is, and should, continue to get smaller — help us prepare all of our children for their future!