Languages & Cultures


The mission of the language and cultures program is to provide students with an intensive language-learning environment that promotes bilingualism and cultural literacy. Our students will become global citizens, gaining authentic skills to communicate and navigate in the real world.

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Languages & Culture Program

Achieve offers every student either Spanish or Hmong language class. Students attend Language class every other day, rotating with Music and Physical Education. Our school is a unique place because so many of our students come from a multilingual background! We strive to learn from each other and create a positive community. Our aim is to provide quality instruction for students of every level.


The three major student goals of our team are the following:


  1. Working to become bilingual learners.

  2. Respecting the strengths of all cultures.

  3. Being an active part of our vibrant community.

World Languages Standards

The national standards include:

Communication: Students converse, listen, read, write, and speak.

Cultures: Students understand traditions, beliefs, experiences, and accomplishments of the culture studied.

Connections: Students connect their learning to different subjects and world perspectives.

Comparisons: Students compare different languages and cultures.

Communities: Students interact and collaborate with the community as lifelong learners.

Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to THINK about things.

Flora Lewis

Language and Culture Staff

Brad Nelson

Spanish Language and Culture Teacher



¡Hola! I am originally from Wisconsin, the oldest of 5 siblings. I have enjoyed teaching, learning, traveling, and pushing myself to grow and do new things throughout my life. When I was 25, I decided to immerse myself in Spanish and moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico, where I took classes and later got a job teaching English to high school students at a school in the community.

I truly have a passion for teaching and working in school, but when I'm not, I also love reading and doing activities outside, especially during the sunny days in Minnesota. My interest areas outside of Spanish and language learning include psychology, philosophy and history. I enjoy biking, running, walking, swimming and dancing, as well as spending time with friends having deep conversations. At family gatherings, I tease my 13 nieces and nephews with riddles and try to get them to speak Spanish!

My husband, Camilo, is from Boyocá, Colombia and is also a teacher. He is currently working in the Minnetonka school district as a kindergarten Spanish immersion teacher. We live in a small home in St. Louis Park and our two mischievous cats (brothers) Luca and Jojo.

Chria Vang

Hmong Language and Culture Teacher



My favorite color is coral. In my free time, I like to take my siblings on adventures to new parks and lakes around the Twin Cities. My favorite pass time activity is watching the sun set from my balcony.

Erlyn Reyes

Spanish Language and Culture