Our program teaches students to understand, speak, write, and read in basic Spanish. Students gain basic proficiency in the target language by reading fun stories; playing games; singing songs and chants; acting out scenes from the stories they study; learning to ask questions and give responses, and creating stories of their own. This program also helps students develop International Mindedness – the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of different Spanish-speaking cultures and geography through the lens of their own culture, including practices, products, and perspectives. We hope this program will encourage students to continue their Spanish education and encourage the future exploration of Spanish-Speaking countries and areas of the Twin Cities.

Mr. Fricke

Mr. Fricke (Señor Mateo) is the Spanish language and culture teacher for grades 7-12. He has an undergraduate degree in Spanish and psychology from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. He received his licensure and master’s degree in education from the University of St. Thomas. He worked for two years in special education research at the University of Minnesota.  Señor Mateo has spent over 15 months studying and traveling in Spanish-speaking countries and is very passionate about sharing his experiences and including them in his teaching.