As the Director of CCUSD's World Language & Immersion Programs I would like to say that I have had a great 17 year run working and living here in Cave Creek, building world language and immersion program pathways from PK-12th grade AP/IB and partnerships with embassies, international siste schools and our communities. I will greatly miss working with the amzing Creekers here as the new administration takes on a different approach. Best, Cristina Ladas
The CCUSD Language Immersion Story
Fifteen years ago, the idea of a one-way, partial Spanish immersion was born at Desert Willow Elementary School. A two-teacher model with 50% of the instruction being delivered in each language (Spanish/English) began in 1st grade and has rolled up one year at a time. As the economy became more global and the cognitive/sociocultural benefits of becoming bilingual became more widely known, CCUSD decided to expand its language immersion offerings to Chinese and French at two other elementary schools.
Director of World Language & Immersion Programs
until June 30, 2021