Instructor Yara Rodriguez - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Yara's Background

Yara is the director of Children's Academy of Seattle Spanish immersion program. She lived in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, until she was 19 years old, and then migrated to Seattle in 2006.

She received a BA as an accountant and is currently pursuing an Early Childhood Education degree, and continuing her English education, at Highline College.

Yara has twelve years of teaching experience in early childhood education, focusing on Spanish immersion, multiculturalism and inclusion. She loves to teach about her culture and language. Travelling around Mexico is one of her favorite ways to learn more about her culture and gain new learning experiences.

Her passion for teaching stems from her childhood -- she remembers teaching her grandmother and baby dolls at the age of three. Yara says, "My goal as a teacher is to promote my culture to remove stereotypes and barriers that exist, and create learning opportunities to enrich multicultural knowledge and better life opportunities."


Yara's Teaching Style & Approach

Yara is an engaging, patient and caring teacher who loves to maintain positive relationships with her students to help them grow and achieve their goals.

She loves to teach by demonstration and hands-on practice. Trying to identify how her students learn, she can implement different strategies for each student depending on their needs. She enjoys hearing students' ideas and giving them tools to elevate these ideas.  

Yara is a motivated and dedicated teacher. She says, "Teaching is my passion, my hobby, and it makes me feel complete. I believe that’s my personal way I contribute to my community. I think I can make a difference!"