Meet the Summer Immersion Group Leader to Spain!

Meet the Summer Immersion Group Leader to Spain!

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¡Hola!  I am Lindsay Zolotoff and this is my 9th year teaching Spanish at Newberg High School.  I am an Oregon native, graduate of Wilson High School, Oregon State University and George Fox University.  My husband Nick, is a fellow educator and we have two children, Finn (5 in May) and Emilia (2 in June.)  My parents introduced me to international travel at a young age, encouraging a love of culture and adventure. I highly value cross-cultural experiences, it is my belief that exposure to other cultures is incredibly important. If you want to truly understand a culture, or speak a language – there’s no better way than to live it!

Believe it or not, the path leading to my career as a Spanish teacher began with my first immersion experience the summer of my junior year of high school through Andeo!  My passion for the Spanish language and cultures was cemented after spending a month living with a very special Mexican family in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  To this day, my host family and I are in close contact and have visited one another over five times.  That summer not only did I gain fluency in Spanish but I gained something much more; an extended family that will forever hold a very special place in my heart. 

The country of Spain specifically, is something of an obsession of mine.  I first visited in college when a term studying at the University of Cantabria in Santander, northern Spain.  I simply fell in love with the country.  Upon graduation from OSU, I was fortunate enough to receive a year-long internship at the University of Cantabria teaching English as a foreign language.  When my husband and I were married, I could think of no other place that I’d love to share with him.  Our timing was perfect as we got to witness the Spanish national team win the world cup from a plaza in Sevilla, a vibrant and unforgettable experience to say the least.

Spain is an incredibly diverse country, with so much to see and do. Madrid is literally at the center of it all.  As you can see, I continue seeking opportunities to return to the country that has stolen my heart. This is bound to be the experience of a lifetime.  Who knows, perhaps like me, you’ll find yourself returning as a chaperone of a trip in 18 years as well?