Little Linguists Language Academy
Founded by Dr. Carroll Olson & Mrs. Krystle Winnie Flynn. They met through their mutual passion of learning different languages and their love for children! They decided to pursue their passion and create a unique academy which provides language instruction through playful immersion.
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The classes are 100% immersion, no English is spoken; however, English is understood by our faculty to help your child navigate through their day. Our lively immersion classes integrate play, music, movement, and art to engage children and connect the words and foreign sounds to familiar items and activities.
Our Mission: In each class we strive to make a comfortable learning environment where children can discover the strength of knowing another language and be able to develop their cognitive skills, imagination, logical thought process while being in a group or during individual play. We will encourage social values such as respect for others and responsibility for oneself. Teachers will be involved in all the children's activities and conversations to help model correct grammar and enrich their vocabulary.
The components of the immersion academy include: pre-literacy skills, concept development of fine motor skills, storytelling, imagination, cognitive and fun games for developing second language acquisition and vocabulary. Our teaching methodology stimulates children to learn at their own pace and to feel excited about learning a foreign language. Learning activities encourage children to actively participate, feel comfortable and be eager to learn!
It is our goal to enable your child to become bilingual during the language acquistion window and explore different cultures pertaining to the language you choose. This will be a complete immersion experience, raising awareness of other cultures, demonstrating the importance of community, and appreciation of all cultures and people.
Resources that we have found inspirational and studies supporting our theory of language immersion. There are also articles regarding the importance of bilingualism.
Meet The Team
Founders of Little Linguists Language Academy
Dr. Carroll Olson is a Miami native. This is where she developed an interest in language acquisition. She attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neurobiological Sciences and a Bachelors of Art in Romance Languages – Spanish. During college, she experienced living abroad in Salamanca, Spain.
Dr. Olson pursued her dreams of becoming an Emergency Medicine physician after attending the University of Florida College of Medicine and completing an Emergency Medicine residency in Jacksonville, FL at Shands Hospital. Everyday in her practice of Emergency Medicine, her foreign language skills play an important and often life saving role. She values her ability to communicate with patients that are Spanish speaking only and has found the skill to be invaluable.
Now a mother of two young girls, she wants to give them the gift of language acquisition at a time when it is easy and natural for them to learn and understand a new language. From birth, her kids have had childcare providers that were non-English speaking, mostly concentrating on Spanish.
Opening Little Linguists Language Academy, allowing children to learn, play and have fun while learning a new language, is a vision come true for Dr. Olson. While she continues on a lifelong journey of mastering Spanish, she wants to allow children an opportunity in their language acquisition window to absorb and flourish in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Krystle Winnie was born in Uruguay and moved back to the states with her family at the age of 2. While growing up, her family spoke English and Spanish in the home and she would spend many of her summers with her grandmother in Uruguay.
Recently, she has been taking her teaching philosophy and expanding on it by working with local families of the High Country area acting as a Spanish immersion teacher and nanny. She began to notice the need of foreign language in our area and the lack of facilities offering these teachings. Her passion of second language acquisition, knowledge, and cultural understanding has inspired her to create a place where children can learn and expand their horizons in a playful, safe, and creative space. She is one of the founders.
Gabriel Matheus is a an international Student at Appalachian State University. He currently studies business management and also a minor in advance entrepreneurship. He lived in Quito- Ecuador for 19 years. He studied in an American School name Colegio Americano de Quito where he was taught to become bilingual. He has lived in London as well, where he got to experience new culture and people. He has lived in Boone for 3 years where he has learned many experiences with new languages. He started by helping in a church teaching families English once a week, it was always fun to meet people and know that he was able to help them. He works closely with the international students in Boone to help them with language and accommodation in the USA. He loves to travel and play sports. Sharing his knowledge is what he likes to do the most, as well as helping others learn about other countries and cultures.
Carla Matheus was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She has been raised bilingual through an English immersion school and knows the advantages of learning two languages. She is 21 and currently a student at Appalachian State University studying Finance and Insurance. She enjoys photography and painting in her free time.
Madelin Semper is a native Spanish speaker born in Habana, Cuba. She grew up in Miami, FL, but had exposure to other countries living in Madrid, Spain as a child, as well as Palma de Mallorca as an adult. She currently makes Boone, NC her home, and has a private practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist. Though her background has been in the healing arts, she has experience working as Medical Spanish Interpreter, Tutor and Simultaneous Interpreter. No matter what level of Spanish you have, her enthusiasm and Spanish language skill will meet you right where you are to help you reach your goals of learning Spanish!
Kim Fischer-Key graduated as a French major, taught junior high and preschool, went to massage school in the Bay Area and learned Neuromuscular Reprogramming Therapy, was Director of Clinical Massage Residency in Washington DC, completed Well coaches Health and Wellness Coach Training Program, studied posture with French osteopaths for 2 years in Paris, has worked with athletes in Portland, OR, has her Bike Fit certification from Seattle, and completed Mind Body Medicine training from Harvard. She currently uses her French on her unsuspecting children and with her French family and colleagues in Paris.
Birgitta McGalliard was born in Austria to a Swedish mother and an Austrian diplomat father during WWII. Her father was captured in Bulgaria by the Soviets causing her mother to move back to Sweden. She then moved to Germany where she learned to speak German at the age of 12. She has had the opportunity to live in Canada where she learned English and studied French and Latin.
She graduated from the University of Stockholm with degrees in English, German and General Linguists and later received a MA in German from the University of Florida. She has taught French and German at South Georgia College. She has taught French at Hudson Middle School. She was very active in FLANC, the Foreign Language Association of NC. She also received an MA in English from Appalachian State University. She taught English at the college level and French and German at Watauga High School. She has also created an afterschool program to teach children German.
She became a strong proponent of the Asher TPR method, which involves teaching children to learn a foreign language through listening and responding to commands, etc,: a method which hardly utilizes textbooks and comes very close to learning a new language through immersion.
She has written two books. Lives Divided and Years Stolen – available at Amazon.com
My name is Indira, and I was born and lived in Ecuador until I was six but Charlotte is currently home. I've had a love for children since I was a child myself, and have always known I wanted to be some sort of pediatrician in the future, I'm currently working on that goal! I can't wait for camp to start and to meet all of your little ones!
Teresa was born in Santiago, Chile. In Chile, she studied Public Relation Consultant at Inacap College. In 1990, she moved to Madrid, where she holds a technical degree in Stage Design from the Escuela Tecnologica de Artes Escenicas in Madrid. She lived in Madrid, Spain for 18 years.
In 2005, her family made the move to Boone. These last years, she has been developing her artwork and exhibiting her paintings in many community art centers around North Carolina. In 2017, she got the degree in BFA Studio Art from Appalachian State, and in one more semester she will get the BFA in Art Education.
Gody is a native French speaker from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Gody moved to the United States in 2007 and lived in Charlotte for three years before attending Appalachian State from 2010 – 2014, graduating with degrees in French and Psychology. He currently lives in Boone and he’s a soccer coach at High Country Soccer Association and a substitute teacher for Watauga County Schools.
Sami-Jo Wood-Greer was born in the Florida Keys. She attended Appalachian State University and earned her BSBA in Finance. She minored in Chinese and Supply Chain Management. She has been studying Mandarin Chinese for 11 years. She started studying Chinese at boarding school and has also spent some time in China. She volunteered at an orphanage with special needs children outside of Beijing for a month then traveled around China for two more months in 2010. She has done extensive traveling and has been to 28 countries. She was able to study abroad in Brazil and Poland in college and also participated in a Microfinance internship in Togo, West Africa.
Hi, my name is Liz Baires I am 23 years old and I'm currently a junior at Appalachian State University double majoring in Public Relations, and Spanish. After graduation my goal is go join Peace Corp and teach Spanish to children in a third world country. I am working at Little Linguists because I love children, and I'm very passionate about the Spanish language.
Guadalupe Rosales is an International Business and Spanish double major at Appalachian State University. He studied abroad in Chile at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso for 6 months last year. While in Chile he visited Peru, Argentina, and Brazil. He loves learning about other cultures and creating new experiences.