Mariana | Sellwood Site Director
Why do you think a bilingual education is important for young children?
A bilingual education offers young children numerous advantages in terms of linguistic development, cognitive growth, and social intelligence. It provides them with a strong foundation to appreciate diverse cultures and become effective communicators. Being bilingual is a practical skill that holds lifelong value. Personally, having received a bilingual education during my formative years has given me countless benefits. I can engage in clear and meaningful conversations with individuals from different cultures, assist in translating and bridging connections. I also feel proud to have the opportunity to be part of the UDT community where I can speak the language I love to young children and share my own culture and traditions with them.
Some of the most fulfilling moments in my role as the director are when students peek through my office door to greet me with a warm good morning or a spontaneous hug. These connections with children are what drive my passion, and they are the very reason I pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education. The joy I feel when I connect with young children wholesome and reaffirms the reason why I choose ECE as my profession.