All teachers are fully licensed by the State of California, certified in First Aid and CPR, and take continuing education classes in childhood education.
Sarah Alexander – Owner/Director
“My favorite part of La Lengua? The kids! They are so open and loving, and it’s so gratifying to see them grow and develop, and to see them realize how valuable and loved they are.”
Sarah spent the first five years of her life in Honduras and spoke her first words in Spanish, so she learned early on the importance of communicating in multiple languages. After moving back to California’s West Coast, Sarah spent much of her youth working with kids: as an ESL teacher, at the Boys and Girls Club, as camp counselor, as a volunteer in community theater working with kids, and more.
After earning her B.A. in Architecture at UC Berkeley and working for two years as an architect, Sarah decided it was time to return to her passion: working with children. She returned to SFSU to take courses in child development and earned her Director’s Permit, the highest credential offered.
Around the same time, Sarah’s cousin gave birth to a son and Sarah played a significant role in the boy’s life. In order to spend more time together as a small family, Sarah and her cousin decided to open the doors of what is today’s La Lengua Preschool, and that family feeling continues today.
Sarah likes to focus on each child’s individuality and let them be themselves, while still continually transforming La Lengua based on new knowledge and skills she obtains through continuing education, with classes on subjects like brain development and bilingual education.
Angelica Torres – Bilingual Teacher
Angelica has been with La Lengua since 2008 and has been studying Child Development at City College of San Francisco since 2011. A native Spanish speaker from Mexico, she moved to the Bay Area as a child around 20 years ago. Angelica is known for coming up with amazing art projects for the kids.
Stephanie Ortega – Bilingual Teacher
Areli Rodriguez – Trilingual Substitute/Floating Teacher
Fernanda Cooperstein – Spanish Teacher
Maxine Moerman – Dance & Music
Maxine Moerman artistic director of Maxine Moerman Dance theatre has been a choreographer and a teacher of children’s dance for twenty-five years. Ms. Moerman holds an in M.F.A. Dance from Sarah Lawrence College where she specialized in Choreography and Pedagogy. Upon graduation she became an assistant to Ellen Robbins (New York’s foremost teacher of children’s dance) teaching choreography and modern dance to inner city youths at The Harlem School For The Arts. Ms. Moerman has taught dance to children at the acclaimed Bank Street College of Education and for many years ran her own children’s dance program in New York City. In San Francisco she has taught children’s dance in her own program at The Noe Valley Ministry and in the Public Schools of San Francisco, Richmond, San Mateo and Belmont. She has been on the faculty of Luna Kids Dance as both a studio teacher and teacher educator and for eight years headed the dance program at the Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco. She has taught in Marin County at schools, churches, and community centers. She currently teaches dance at La Lengue Preschool in San Francisco and privately in professional dance studios.
Ms. Moerman’s choreography has been presented throughout the United States as well as in London, Montreal and Toronto. Ms. Moerman is the recipient of numerous, grants, commission and residencies, her choreography has received funding from the Foundation For Contemporary Performance Arts, The Independent Artists Challenge Grant, The Zellerbach Family Fund, The Hewlitt-Packer Foundation and the San Francisco Art Commission. She was the Founding Director of The Field/San Francisco, a position she held for ten years, leading workshops for choreographers and performing artists.