We would like to introduce our newest team member, Ms. Leslie Estrada! She has been working with us this summer as a teaching assistant and will take on a Lead Teacher role this Fall. Leslie has completed significant coursework in child development and is a very bright and kindhearted individual. Her love for children has led her to aspire to be a pediatrician. Let’s get to know her in her own words:
I am originally from the State of Mexico, Mexico and I have been living in Nebraska for 10 years in a small town called Newman Grove. My family consists of my parents and my two younger sisters. When I am home, I speak mostly in Spanish. This allows me to use my Spanish since I communicate in English most of the time.
I am a pre-Med student at the University of Nebraska and will be graduating this December, 2019 with a double major in Biology and Sociology. I enjoy working with children and in the future, I would like to do so by going into a health career focusing on pediatrics. I have been working for 1.5 years as a research assistant at the Nebraska Center of Virology at UNL.
In my free time I enjoy doing puzzles with my father and younger sister. I also enjoy going on walks around Lincoln and going to the movies with my sister.
Babies are born with the potential to speak any language!
At just six months old, infants are capable of distinguishing sounds from any language. By 12 months old, children have already started to focus on the sounds of their primary language and by two and three years old, have begun to recognize speech patterns.
The earlier a language is introduced, the easier a child can identify its unique sounds. The ability to identify phonetic pronunciations is most acute before age three and begins to diminish the older we get. A child’s brain is developmentally prepared to learn language at this early age and prompt exposure can improve fluency and minimize or even eliminate speaking with an accent.