Department Overview

  • 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. 

  • Cristina Ladas

    Cristina Ladas
    Director of World Language & Immersion Programs
    until June 30, 2021