Mexican native Maria Harrington has dedicated her life to sharing her Latino heritage, so much so that she started her own school to teach children and adults Spanish.
Harrington opened Casa de Espanol in downtown Sacramento in 2011 and with steady growth soon outgrew her original space. She found a new 4,000-square-foot location, which would double the school’s space, but needed cash to renovate the facility. She turned to CDC Small Business Finance which helped her secure a $64,000 SBA Community Advantage loan. The expanded space will allow the school to continue to grow.
Casa de Espanol succeeds by merging its language curriculum with authentic Latino activities and scenarios to engage each student. Not only do students learn Spanish, they gain insight of the Latino culture.
Prior to opening Casa de Espanol, Harrington created Help Chiapas, an organization that provides educational resources to Ignacio Allende, a rural village in Chiapas, Mexico. Her passion for helping others continues to express itself through her teaching.
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