Cave Creek Unified School District welcomes 14 international teachers, interns

CAVE CREEK – The Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) Governing Board members recently met 14 new international teachers and interns that will teach Spanish, French or Mandarin Chinese to the district’s preschool through 12th grade students.

The recently arrived teachers introduced themselves at the board meeting, and shared where they were from and their reflections on American students.

“My fourth graders at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School just amaze me every single day,” said Ms. Liffick, a teacher originally from China, who teaches math and science in Chinese as well as Chinese language arts in the immersion program.

The three interns from France shared their initial experiences as they embarked on their one year stay at Desert Sun Academy, supporting the French immersion program and promoting French language and culture school wide.

 While international teachers come through different pathways that authorize working in the U.S., interns come through the Embassy of France and Spain.

“As leaders in world language programming, CCUSD knows that leaving 12th grade with a bilingual/biliterate skillset will open doors for its students regardless of whether they work locally or on the global stage,” stated a press release from the school district.

A recent study ( of 1,200 U.S. based employers confirmed this by noting that “56% of U.S. employers state that the need for bilingual workers in their field will increase,” according to CCUSD.

The district’s director of world languages, Cristina Ladas, appreciates that “international teachers bring a little piece of their world to Cave Creek so that our students are better prepared for the future.”

Please contact CCUSD Director of World Languages, Cristina Ladas, for more information at: 480-575-2019 or