About Suzette Laporte-Ayo
I was born and raised in a small town in Sonora, Mexico and still visit my family there often. We all went to a bilingual school in my town that taught English by total immersion. Children became nearly fluent in English, if not completely, by the end of their first year. After realizing how fantastically well the immersion method worked for everyone I knew, and how well it is still working at this school, I became excited about sharing it with others. I therefore incorporated total immersion in my programs and have seen wonderful results.
I have been teaching children for over twenty years. My first experience was teaching 8th graders French right after I took my first set of French classes in high school. After that I was hooked and kept doing it each summer. While working toward a Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Arizona, I tutored students in Spanish, as well as other subjects, at the center for students with learning disabilities. After receiving my BS, I worked for a company which implemented an extracurricular language program in public schools. With this company I started teaching mixed age children’s groups. I then worked at a tutoring center as both a tutor and helping out with business-related aspects. It was after this that I started my own Spanish venture. With each teaching experience I had, I learned new techniques, methods and ideas which I have incorporated in the programs I designed and have been putting to practice for over 17 years now. I keep these methods up to date by participating in Foreign Language Teacher conferences each year. It has truly been very fulfilling to see my students benefit from these classes.