Spanish at Holy Family Parish School is taught in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. The HFK program is an immersion program; which means Spanish is spoken almost all the time while in class. Through immersion, the students become proficient in a more natural way and absorb the language at a faster pace. Culture and history are also an integral part of our program. A language cannot be fully acquired without understanding the intricacies of its people. As part of this focus, every year our students prepare for and participate in a Spanish Mass.

Espanol at HFK

At HFK, we believe in setting high standards for our students; language acquisition comes only after hard work. Having said that, our brains learn better when we are happy, when we move around, and when we sing and/or keep a rhythm. We try to make acquiring the Spanish language fun for students with engaging activities. We sing a lot, work in small groups, play games, participate in skits, and move around plenty! Because our Spanish program is an immersion program; we speak in Spanish for almost all of our class time. Through immersion, the students become proficient in a more natural way and absorb the language at a faster pace.

Our program includes not only the language, but also the culture and history. Culture is incorporated whenever possible, and every year, our students prepare for and participate in a Spanish Mass. By experiencing and participating in an authentic Spanish Mass celebration, the students not only learn Spanish, but also understand the Spanish speaking culture a bit better. Speaking another language places our students much closer to becoming citizens of the world. To play a role as their teacher is simply fantastic!

¡Nos vemos!


BA Social and Human Sciences

Washington Certification

Areas of Advancement Study

Professional Teaching Certification, Escuela Normal “Rosaura Zapata” Mexico

Began teaching in 1983.

P-12 Spanish as a Second Language

TPR (Total Physical Response) and TPR Storytelling

Teaching at Holy Family since Nov. 2020.

What I love about teaching Spanish:

In teaching Spanish, I love seeing my students grow not just as students but as young people developing their world view and unique perspective on life. Sharing my passion and being a role model is what keeps me motivated and inspired.

Why I became a teacher

Since I can remember, I always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, my favorite game was lining up my dolls in a pretend classroom that I would set up in my parent’s garden and pretending to be their teacher. From an early age, even my teacher would have me explain concepts to my class when my classmates had difficulty understanding. From early on, I noticed and pursued my natural ability to teach.

After 25 years of teaching, it is my mission to bring a positive environment, excitement and excellence to my everyday classes. I strive to inspire and emphasize students’ self-esteem and respect for others. I am blessed to de part of this amazing community by sharing my native tongue and love for Christ.


Favorite Scripture

“Let the peace of Christ control your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:15,16)

Lupita Serrano, Spanish teacher at HFK School

Lupita Serrano
Specialist – Spanish

About Holy Family Parish School Kirkland

Our mission is to inspire, educate and prepare students for a Christ-centered life of learning, faith and service. This has been our mission since our doors opened in 1957…and continues to be our mission today.

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