Ms. Fanjul has served as DIA’s Assistant Director and School Counselor for the past seven years and worked closely with the schools previous Board of Directors and Leadership Teams. A firm advocate for bilingual and cross-cultural work, Fanjul previously worked as Director of Educational Initiatives and Coordinator of the Centro De La Familia Cultural Competency training team. Ms. Fanjul earned a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work at Weber State University with an emphasis in Latin American Studies and languages. She earned a masters degree in Social Work and currently holds a clinical social work license.
Suzi comes to Dual Immersion Academy with 14 years classroom experience. During that time she has worked in first, fourth and fifth grades as well as receiving some special education experience. Suzi holds a BS in Elementary Education, with a concentration in Reading and a minor in Spanish, from Southern Utah University. Suzi Ramos became a teacher to make a difference, and she hopes to make a positive difference at DIA.
Director of Assessments/Title III/RtI
Mrs. Fiagle was a school speech language pathologist for 6 years. She has been with DIA for 3 years and taught 2nd grade, special ed, and RtI. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge with an emphasis in Speech Language Pathology. She likes to inspire students and help them achieve their best
Angelica Ruiz has been working at Dual Immersion Academy for 7 years. Angelica was born in Mexico City, Mexico and moved to Southern California when she was 16 years old. Angelica has worked in customer service, accounting,and the financial industries. Angelica loves working with the amazing students and families at Dual Immersion Academy.
Jazmeen comes to DIA with a background in customer service and marketing. She is currently pursuing a BA in Sociology from the University of Utah. Working at DIA has brought about a much needed change for her and she considers it a delight to go to work every morning. Jazmeen is a firm believer in the power of dual immersion education and has seen the enormous impact it can have on students in every way. She feels privileged to work with such incredible children and finds immense joy in serving such a beautiful community.
Preschool-5th Grade Educators:
Education: Experienced classroom teacher with a complete Certification in Child Development.
Why I teach at DIA: As a mom of two, I have learned many ways to make learning fun. I am a strong believer that learning a second language can open doors and bring a lot of opportunities and, most importantly, teaching our students how to be tolerant of other cultures. One of my goals is to support our parents in their efforts to ensure their child’s healthy development, and to help prepare children for Kindergarten.
Education: Bachelor in English Teaching from Universidad Internacional de Las Americas (Costa Rica)
Why I teach at DIA: My goal is to give students a firm foundation for future learning by providing an active and meaningful environment in where they can experience the many advantages knowing a second language will bring them.
Education: BA K-3 Interamericana University, PR Licencia del Departamento de Educacion de PR.
Why I teach at DIA: Me interese trabajar en DIA por que me gusta enseñarle a los niños. Tambien supe que es una escuela muy reconocida y de programa bilingue. Por tal razon quize aplicar para enseñar en español.
License/Education: USOE K-12 Level 2 teaching license; BA, MA Spanish, Brigham Young University.
Why I teach at DIA: I am a firm believer of dual immersion education. As a former dual immersion student myself, I am now enjoying the many benefits of knowing a second language.
Education: BS Behavioral Science - Utah Valley University
Why do I teach at DIA: I love to teach our students and also love the bilingualism and biliteracy opportunity it provides
Education: Universidad de Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador; Master Degree in Education Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España
Why I teach at DIA: Disfruto mucho trabajar en DIA porque estoy convencida que el modelo 90/10 ayudarà a los niños a llegar a ser personas de èxito en todas las àreas. Ademàs me encanta enseñar a los niños porque sè que ellos tienen el poder de hacer un mundo mejor para todos.
Education: Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Centro de Actulizacion del Magisterio (CAM)
Why I teach at DIA: I really believe that it is very important to be bilingual and bi-literate. DIA is a great place to be.
Education: BA English As Foreign Language, Escuela Normal Superior, Mexico
Why I teach at DIA: I believe in bilingualism and how it can open beautiful opportunities to both native and non-native Spanish/English speakers intrinsically and extrinsically.
Education: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua UNAN
Why I teach at DIA : I have a great passion for teaching! I like this school because it's bilingual and our students will speak two languages. Dual immersion education gives our students access to two different cultures. I love to work here.
Education: B.S Human Development and Family Studies, University of Utah. A.S Elementary Education, Salt Lake Community College.
Why I teach at DIA: I am at DIA because I have a true passion for education, and to work with students to become “Spanish-English bilingual, bi-literate, and bicultural.” I am here because I want to help shape the next generation by giving them the necessary tools to become successful in life with their own personal goals, or pursuing their goals in their higher education.
Education: BA Commercial Relations, Instituto Politecnico Nacional; Graduate Certificate on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Brigham Young University.
Why I teach at DIA: DIA's model and mission truly give me the opportunity to use both English and Spanish to teach and serve children in the community I belong to.
Education: BA Elementary Education, Brigham Young University - Hawaii
Why I teach at DIA: As a teacher, it's my duty to mold the minds of the future generations. I have a passion for teaching and guiding my students to realize their full potential
Education: B. A. General teaching, Autonomous University of Madrid Spain.
Why I teach at DIA: When two languages are well balanced, bilingual children have an advantage over monolingual children. The access to two different cultures enriches a child's education (literature, history, behaviors, traditions, conversations, media, etc.)
License/Education: BA in English, University of Utah; graduate school in Ethnic Women's Literature, Michigan State University; USOE k-8 teaching license (ARL).
Why do I teach at DIA: I believe every young person should know at least two languages and at least two cultures in order to prepare them to be the leaders that will promote excellence and tolerance.
6th-8th Grade Educators:
Subject/Grade: Spanish, 6th-8th Grade
Education: BA Spanish & Master of Education Weber State University
Why I teach at DIA: I teach at DIA because I know that bilingual education is the best way to help students develop academically, socially, and personally. It truly helps to create a tolerant society.
Subject/Grade: Math, 6th-8th Grade
Education: MaEd secondary education, BA mathematics
Why I teach at DIA: As a new member of the DIA team, I look forward to getting to know new faces and helping students develop their potential. I come to DIA with a little over a decade of experience in training and engaging students in mathematics. I am pleased to be part of a team that strives to promote academic excellence among our community of students
Subject/Grade: Social Studies, Broadcast Journalism 6th-8th grade
License/Education: BA History Brigham Young University Hawaii; working on MEd Secondary Education Utah State University
Why I teach at DIA: To help students gain the tools and passion to become lifelong learners.
Subject/Grade: Art Specialist, PK-8th grade
Education: Art/Applied Technology MFA Fine Art, Universidad Nacional de Medellin- Colombia, BA Graphic Design Institute of Art, Medellin Colombia
Why do I teach at DIA: I have dedicated my life to the art of teaching art. To have the opportunity to experience and share the beauty of imagination, exploration and invention with my DIA students has been incredible! We do it in “Español”! What can be better!!?
Subject/Grade: Music/Theater, PK-8th grade
Education: BA Theater Education and Music
Why I teach at DIA: I have always been interested in the Spanish language and have been learning little bits here and there. I took a semester of Spanish while studying at the University of Utah, and I also married a Spanish speaker. I have been practicing a lot at home, church, work and other places so that someday I can achieve fluency in Spanish. I love music and theatre and enjoy teaching your children. They are so fun, and I love to see their confidence grow in themselves and their ability to perform for an audience
Subject/Grade: PE/Health, PK-8th grade
Education: Bachelors Degree, BYU-Hawaii
Why I teach at DIA: I have been teaching P.E. at the elementary/middle school level for the past 4 years, 3 of which were in California. I received my teaching credential in California in 2012 from California State University, Fullerton. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree from BYU-Hawaii in 2002. I've taught English as a second in Irvine, CA; the country of Georgia; and in Mexico.
I am teaching at DIA because I believe that physical activity is an important life skill and that all students should have the opportunity to find enjoyment in it; through participating in many different sports, games, and activities.
GEAR UP Site Coordinator
Education: BA in English (Creative Writing) - Cal State University San Bernardino
Why I teach at DIA: Every day, DIA is helping young individuals to find their potential in the classroom, plan for future success in higher education, and become leaders that impact the community. It is a diverse cultural learning community with a mission that I truly have enjoyed being a part of.
License/Education: Bachelor's of English from Colorado State University; master's in library science from the University of N. Texas. I hold Colorado and Utah teaching licenses for English (grades 6-12) and library (K-12).
Why I teach at DIA: Bilingual education is the way of the future, and the future is here! I am honored to be a part of this innovative and forward-thinking community.
Education: BA English Humboldt State University, AOS Culinary Arts The Culinary Institute of America, 16 years of culinary/ hospitality experience
Why I work at DIA: I am here to make a difference and inspire people through food. I love cooking, and feeding people. What better place than in a school setting? When children are well fed, it helps them focus on their studies, and makes coming to school that much more enjoyable
Special Education Director
License/Education: BA Psychology UVU, Masters Special Education National University
Why I teach at DIA: I love working with Hispanic population and I love the Hispanic culture. I also have a passion for ensuring that students receive the assistance they need.
Subject/Grade: Special Education, K-3 grade
License/Education: Utah Level 2 License K-12, Mild/Moderate Endorsesment / BA Early Childhood Special Education, BYU-Idaho
Why I teach at DIA: Bilingualism is part of who I am, and part of my family. DIA helps me expand that family a little wider.
Subject/Grade: Special Education, 4th-8th grade
Education: Western Governors University- B.A. Special Education; Weber State University- B.A.- Spanish
Why I teach at DIA: I enjoy working with students of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. There is a sense of pride that comes when you help them realize and achieve their full potential
Why I teach at DIA: My name is Marciala Hernandez I have a Bachelors in Science in Human Development and Family Studies and a Bachelors in Science in Anthropology with a Health Emphasis, hoping to pursue a career in the medical field. I work at DIA as a response to intervention aide. My job is to work with students in small groups or individually focusing on English Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts or Mathematics. I love working at DIA for the feeling of accomplishment seeing students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills.
Education: BA Arts in Early Childhood Education, DePaul University
Why I teach at DIA: I teach at DIA because I think that Bilingual Education, as well as understanding the importance of Bilingualism will give students the tools and the confidence they need to thrive in this competitive world.