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CCUSD introduces PreK-12 World Language Program staff


CAVE CREEK – Cristina Ladas, World Language Coordinator for Cave Creek Unified School District introduced the World Language Guest teachers and assistants for CCUSD at the Feb. 13 Governing Board meeting.

Each year, CCUSD receives guest teachers and assistants from other countries.

“This year, we are honored to have 11 teachers from China and Spain and assistants from France and Spain,” Ladas said. “All of these teachers and assistants arrive on a cultural exchange visa with the goal of sharing their language and culture while learning about American education.”

 CCUSD has established partnerships with the Embassy of Spain, Embassy of France, ASU Confucius Institute and the College Board Chinese Guest Teacher Program. Ladas continued, “We consider our international guest teachers a true gift and could not have the robust world language and immersion programs that we do without their support.”

Welcome from China: Tian Jing (Chinese Kinder and FLEX teacher at Horseshoe Trails Elementary); Yin Chunxiang (Chinese Immersion and FLEX teacher at HTES); Si Qi (Chinese K-3rd grade FLEX teacher at LMES); Wang Zhen (7th grade Chinese at STMS); and Wang Yunhua (Chinese 1/2 and 3/4 at Cactus Shadows High School).

Welcome from France: Maryline DesPierres (assistant to 1st Grade French Immersion & World French specialist for K-2 at Desert Sun Academy) and Veda Muhammad (assistant to Kinder French Immersion at DSA).

Welcome from Spain: Lucia Franjo (Spanish 7th grade at Sonoran Trails Middle School); Irene Camarasa (Spanish Immersion 6th grade at Desert Willow Elementary); Raquel Torregrosa (Spanish Immersion 4th grade at DWES); and Alex Cebria Aparisi (assistant to K-6 Spanish Immersion teachers DWES).

“CCUSD has been extremely fortunate to have benefited from our World Language partner organizations in bringing such talented educators to our students and schools,” CCUSD Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick said. “Our Guest Teachers bring valuable cultural awareness and skillsets to our students and staff. Our hope is to continue to grow these partnerships and continue to host such dedicated teachers from around the world.”

For more information on the World Language Programs at CCUSD, visit