By: Safaniya Stevenson
Students at Leaphart Elementary School, students are learning Spanish as early as Kindergarten thanks to dedicate Spanish teacher. Jacqueline Barnett says the earlier a child is introduced a second language the more likely they will become fluent.
"Research has shown that language acquisition is best done when the children are at a younger age because they haven't fully developed their first language so it's going to be easier for them to acquire other languages at one time," explains Barnett.
Barnett recently published her first children's book, Mi Libro de las Letras to help with learning Spanish. Her book is a collection of beginner Spanish letters and words to help children with their introduction to Spanish.
Barnett is excited to be a published author. The book was two years in the making and she can finally cross being a published author off of her bucket list.
"This is something I've always wanted to do. One day I was cleaning out my garage and I ran across some ninth grade work and I had a bucket list in there...and on that list was to write a book, a children's book," says Barnett as she laughed at the memory.
Assistant principal Jeff Lubansky is grateful to have such a passionate educator interacting and teaching students.
"Mrs. Barnett is amazing! She incorporates everything into her teaching. The kids need to understand what they're doing. She does a good job of getting the students to comprehend what the words mean," says Lubansky.