LANGUAGES

The foreign languages and cultures program at Kolter is based upon the structure of the FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program. The program begins at Kindergarten where students have the opportunity to explore each of the three languages offered at Kolter: Chinese, French, and Spanish. Upon entering 1st grade, students have the opportunity to select a primary area of focus, although students are continually educated about all cultures through links within the core academic curriculum.
 
Find out more about our magnet program here
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Wen Chen

Language:  Chinese
 
Email: WCHEN2@houstonisd.org    Phone:  713.726.3630
 
Education:  B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature (Shanghai Normal University, China)Shanghai PuMing Teachers' School (Shanghai, China) Elementary School
Certifications:  Chinese Language Level Certificate (Level 2, Grade A), May, 1999Middle School Education, Level 2, July, 1997
Professional Experiences:  Chinese teacher for Kinder. 1st, 3rd at Kolter in 2010-2011T.A for FLAP (foreign language assistance program) at Kolter in 2007Chinese teacher at Chinese Community Center in Houston since 2004Principal of Houston Chinese Church Chinese School 2008-2011Chinese teacher at Tucson Chinese School and Armstrong Academy for 3 yearsChinese teacher at GeZhi Middle School in Shanghai for 3 years
Hobbies - Interests:  Music, reading, walking, traveling and taking care of my family
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Liling Yu

Language:  Chinese
 
Email: LYU@houstonisd.org    Phone:  713.726.3630
 
Education:  B.A. in Japanese, Fudan University, China; Economics and finance study at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China; Certification, Chinese and Japanese language comparative research study at University of Tsukuba, Japan, Certification
Certifications:  NA
Professional Experiences:  Kolter 2010 - present; Chinese and Japanese teacher at Language International Co., LTD in Tokyo, Japan; Chinese, Japanese and English interpreter, translator, China market coordinator at MITUSI & CO., LTD in Tokyo, Japan; taught Japanese at Kolter for many years; currently teaching Chinese at Kolter
Hobbies - Interests:  Experiencing different culture, music, sports, reading, cooking, hike in the woods, nature and travel
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Claire Frazier

Language:  French, Team Leader
 
Email: CFRAZIE1@houstonisd.org    Phone:  713.726.3630
 
Education:  B.S. in Business Administration (Bordeaux, France) and M.S. in Hospitality Management (Nantes, France)
Certifications:  EC-4, ESL and French 6-12 and A.T.A. Certified English > French translator
Professional Experiences:  French teacher to individuals and groups alike for 6 years at the Alliance Française de Houston (1996- 2002); Free-lance professional English-French translator since 1996; French teacher at Kolter since August 2003
Hobbies - Interests:  Reading, swimming & walking, knitting & sewing, searching my family genealogy, photography, traveling and taking care of my family
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Maria Martinez

Language:  Spanish Foreign Language Teacher
 
Email: Maria.MartinezValencia@houstonisd.org    Phone:  713.726.3630
 
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Education:  PhD in Sports Science (Castilla La Mancha University, Spain) and M.S. in High Performance in Sports (Spanish Olympic Committee, Spain).
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Professional Experiences:  T.A. in Aldine ISD 2017-2018, App Developer in Spain 2016, Athletic Coach in San Ildefonso Athletics Club (Spain) 2007-2016, High Performance Centre Coordinator Catholic University of Murcia (Spain) 2014-2015, Researcher in Sports Science in Castilla La Mancha University (Spain) 2007-2011).
Hobbies - Interests:  I love to run, the marathon is on my list. I love to travel and discover new places, science fiction books and movies, cook and make crafts.
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Araceli Enriquez

Language:  Spanish Foreign Language Teacher
 
Email: Araceli.EnriquezAndrade@houstonisd.org    Phone:  713.726.3630
 
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Education:  BS in Biology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Rice University.
Certifications:  LOTE K-12 Spanish, EC-6, 4-8 Bilingual Generalist, HS Biology.
Professional Experiences:  6-8 Math and Science ESL Katy JH (Katy ISD). 4th-grade Math and Science Fielder ES (Katy ISD). Field Supervisor for the Rice University Teacher Preparation Program.
Hobbies - Interests:  Reading, yoga, and exploring international cuisine but my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family.