Leticia Smith is originally from Mexico City and has lived in Austin, Texas since 1986. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) with a Minor in Marketing from Texas State University and an Accelerated Learning certificate from the University of Houston.
At the university’s Spanish Department, she worked as an Instructor’s Assistant and acquired invaluable experience teaching and tutoring Spanish as a second language. In 1993, she started teaching children of all grades at several elementary schools. She soon discovered that her true vocation was to teach and inspire others to put joy into learning. In 1998, she left her teaching position to dedicate her time to the development of her award-winning program, Risas y Sonrisas Spanish for Kids.
Today, schools and homeschools all over the country and around the world are following the Spanish teaching program she started many years ago. Risas y Sonrisas has won many prestigious awards, and its accomplishments and successes have been cited in newspaper articles and broadcast media. Public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, and tutoring businesses in the United States and around the world are enriching their Spanish-language classes for kids with Risas y Sonrisas â€“ “Laughter and Smiles.”
Developing fun and creative materials to teach Spanish to children has been my true passion over the past 20 years.
“Risas y Sonrisas SpanishforKids.com” is an affordable, multi-grade, multi-sensory, multi-media curriculum to teach fun and engaging Spanish lessons to children in elementary school K-5. Today, our award-winning curriculum is in use across the country and overseas by hundreds of schools and thousands of families.
I consider myself fortunate to have had all kinds of experiences in my life. I’ve always looked for opportunities that related to my passions. Now I can see how these have connected and had a great impact on the success I am having today. It’s satisfying to know that following my dreams has achieved results far exceeding my expectations.
Since 1998, Risas y Sonrisas Spanish for Kids has been helping teachers everywhere by providing them with interactive, easy-to-use, Spanish language learning programs. Our curriculum is comprehensive â€” employing songs, visual aids, games, music, and a variety of printed and digital materials to not only teach kids Spanish, but also to inspire them to use it! Whether you are teaching in a traditional classroom setting, homeschooling, or tutoring children in-person or online, Risas y Sonrisas Spanish for Kids has a program for you.