Founder and Director
Karina Giménez is a native Spanish speaker educated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she studied early childhood language education and earned her degree from a prominent teacher's College.
For eight years, while living in Buenos Aires, she developed and implemented early childhood foreign language programs at various local public and private schools.
Since 2002, here in the US, she has been teaching Spanish to children as an early childhood development program. From 2003 to 2005, she developed and implemented the early childhood Spanish program at Buckley Country Day School in Roslyn, Long Island. She founded SiW in 2005.
She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL), Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ), American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and as a member of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL) she has presented her teaching techniques at the National Conference.
Ms. Giménez believes strongly that all children should have consistent, methodical exposure to a second language before they turn eight, giving them the neural development that only takes place at this early age and the foundation for becoming multi-lingual. She started SiW to bring that opportunity to the children of Long Island.
Ms. Giménez's greatest asset is her knowledge of current research in second language learning pedagogy. She strives to put theory into practice in everything that she does in her classroom and the results show in her students' linguistic progress as well as their obvious enjoyment of the class. Her passion for her subject is infectious.
Jean-Marc Juhel, Ph.D
Ms. Giménez brings what seems like endless energy to her program and to our school. She handles every situation, be it with students, parents, or colleagues, with tact, professionalism, and a healthy sense of humor.
Our Spanish program has been received with praise by all, and this is in large part due to Ms. Giménez's exceptional teaching skills. I have no doubt as to the future success of our program which she will continue to teach as it expands this fall.
Buckley Country Day School