About Us

Jardín™ was founded to be a welcoming space where little ones grow into healthy, happy, Spanish speaking kids with cultural competency and blooming confidence.  Our deeply rooted priorities ensure that your child receives only the best while in our care.  Take a look at what sets us apart:

Our Vision
Jardín™ is committed to equipping young children with Spanish language and critical thinking skills, a global mindset, and teaching children to embrace healthy habits and a sense of caring for the environment.

Our Mission
Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy™ provides high quality early education in a Spanish language immersion environment where healthy habits and environmental care practices are promoted, and diversity is embraced.

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Jardín™'s Multicultural Spanish Immersion Curriculum

Early academic achievement remains a top priority at Jardín™ as we prepare the youngest scholars for Kindergarten readiness and beyond! Our proprietary Multicultural Spanish Immersion Curriculum is designed to promote the comprehension and use of Spanish from an early age. All children receive a complete developmental screening within 3 months of entering the program. ​ Our bilingual teachers foster an ideal learning environment for each age group we serve, taking care to address both academic and social-emotional skills that prepare lifelong learners.  Children are exposed to a variety of concepts including literacy, pre-writing, early math & science concepts, and are encouraged to develop creativity and character through play-based learning.  Enrichment activities including field trips, dance, music, art, and more reinforcing just how fun learning can be.  With beginning math and reading built into each day, we are proud to say that our graduates typically score in top levels of Kindergarten entrance tests!

Caring & Committed Teachers

Next to our wonderful enrolled families, we recognize that our teachers are our greatest asset!  Our teachers believe in our mission of early education in Spanish, cultural learning, and care for our environment!  We are proud that our employees truly enjoy children and have careers that reflect their passion.  Each day, your child receives the love and hugs they need to feel whole, welcome, and embraced at school, helping them to build trusting relationships.  

The majority of our teachers are native Spanish speakers, and all work as a team to help instill a love for their language and culture in the children they care for. Learn more about what we look for in our teachers and what we give back to them to show our appreciation for their daily efforts, the love they share, and the education they give. 

Organic meals and our love for mother earth

Our meals are prepared on-site in our commercial kitchens, this allows us to ensure that the food is freshly prepared, natural, and organic! Our range of well-balanced meals provides a varied diet and encourage children to look beyond chicken nuggets and corndogs – your children will enjoy quinoa, avocado, beets, and more!

Our everyday efforts in providing natural and green care for your children include providing cloth diapers for infants and toddlers while in our care, this practice is estimated to keep over 94.000 disposable diapers out of landfills each year! We also vote against pesticides by serving organic food.

Our curriculum is geared towards green thinking whether we are teaching through art and play about the importance of recycling and reusing, or through outdoor play and pre-school field trips where we give children hands-on experience in nature.

Many of us are parents ourselves and we recognize the importance of taking care of our beautiful planet, as someday it will belong to our children.   Our standing commitment to the health and well-being of our world can be seen in our organic food, curriculum, and care choices!

We encourage you to visit one of our locations to see first-hand our commitment to environment and well-being of your children.

Clean & Colorful Centers

The pride we take in our work with your children is reflected through our welcoming centers.  With the highest standards for cleanliness, you can rest assured knowing that our toys are disinfected daily and surfaces are cleaned throughout the day.  The walls are brightly painted and decorated with friendly designs.  Windows let in plenty of natural light and playful music lets you know that Jardín™ is a positive place for children and families. Come see our warm and welcoming centers.

Meet the Leaders at Jardín™

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez

President of Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy™

Education & Training

• Founder of Jardín (Co-Founder of Jardín Mágico)
• Lic. en Administración de Empresas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration)
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• Trained in SUID, AHT, Behavior Guidance Techniques and Risk Reduction Plans
• Rainbow Families Training
• Staff Trainer with Mis Niños, continuing education for Jardín teachers
• Membership with National Association of Child Care Professionals, MinneMinds,  mnAEYC, Association for Talent Development , Minnesota Community Education Association, and Local Businesses-Global Network BNI 

Biography

Xavier grew up in México City, learning his strong work ethic and dedication to family from his parents.  Xavier’s inspiration and persistence, as well as his drive to achieve the creation of something completely unique, make Jardín™ what it is today.  Xavier is a leader by example, spending time in the Centers to show our teachers what makes Jardín™ different, and ensuring that each child in our program receives the best we have to offer.  His work as an entrepreneur in his community has been recognized as an example of the type of positive leadership that our Twin Cities community needs.  

In 2001 his first child, Kylie was born.  As a working parent, Xavier could not find a daycare that aligned with the values he held for his family.  After seeking referrals and suggestions from friends, family, and neighbors, not one daycare in his community could provide what he believed to be necessities for his precious daughter.   Believing that his child, and many other children, deserved simply the best start possible, Xavier co-founded a unique child care center that prioritized early academic achievement, bilingual education, cultural competency and diversity, organic eating, environmental stewardship, and clean, safe, loving spaces filled with teachers who care.

Since then, Xavier’s family has grown to include his son Colten, and Jardín™ has grown to include Centers throughout the Twin Cities.  Xavier excels at executive and program level management, providing responsive customer service to our families, giving staff trainings, and fostering positive and fun work environment.  His vision includes going above and beyond to offer staff excellent employment benefits, access to career-advancing trainings, and opportunities for professional growth and longevity in a field they love!  His knowledge of DHS day care licensing regulations coupled with years of implementing best practices allows Xavier to plan strategically and lead critically to ensure that the Jardín™ Centers remain at the forefront of early learning.  

In his free time, Xavier enjoys spending time with his two children, being outdoors playing soccer (GO CHIVAS!!), going to movies, and Salsa dancing.

Danisbel

Danisbel Montano Sosa

Quality Improvement Specialist at Jardín™

Education & Training

• Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Central University of Las Villas, Cuba. Translated and evaluated by an approved US foreign credential evaluation agency as an equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in Law in United States.
• Earned a Director’s Credential with a Prekindergarten Endorsement from Florida State in 2010
• Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credential 2014
• Serves as Professional Development Specialist on behalf of the Council for Professional Recognition, Washington D.C., observing and providing feedback that allows educators to earn their Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential
• 9+ years of progressive experience and bilingual education in the early childhood field
• 3 years’ experience as a practicing judge
• CPR and First Aid Certified
• Trained in SUID, AHT, and Risk Reduction Plan

Biography

Danisbel enhances the Jardín™ team with extensive experience in many aspects of early childhood education. She began her professional career in Cuba as a judge, mastering keen observation and discernment skills. She soon realized that those same skills when coupled with her passion for children were a perfect fit, allowing her to assess and support children at an individual level to ensure their success. In 2009 she became a licensed teacher in the state of Florida, and the following year earned her Director’s Credential with a Prekindergarten Endorsement from Florida State. Additionally, she earned her national Child Development Associate Credential in 2014. Her professional experience as an early childhood educator includes over nine years of classroom experience at the preschool level, including three years as a Spanish teacher in a Montessori setting.

Once again combining her education and experience, Danisbel expanded her teaching capacity to include supporting adult learners as a Professional Development Specialist on behalf of the Council for Professional Recognition, serving as a mentor and coach for educators seeking to earn their Child Development Associate Credential. She is knowledgeable in five different early childhood curricula including the Creative Curriculum, Montessori Approach, Reggio Emilia, Theme-Based Curriculum, and High Scope.

Danisbel is a goal-driven educator, passionate about discovering the motivation behind children’s behaviors, addressing their needs at each developmental level, and working with our team to support both kids and staff with strategies that ensure positive growth.  Her role at Jardín™ includes leading our innovative program through the NAEYC accreditation process, the Parent Aware rating system, facilitating the program’s participation in Child Care Assistance Programs, and enhancing our unique Spanish immersion early education curriculum to provide individualized teaching to children along professional development support to teachers.

Danisbel has deep understanding of the meaning and purpose guiding her career, based on three main principles: 1) Commitment to professional ethic, standards of practice and the care and education of young children as an educator who wants all children to be successful learners 2) Solid commitment to support teachers in their professional growth 3) Fostering understanding of cultural diversity.

In her free time, Danisbel enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and expanding her professional knowledge.

Victoria

Victoria De La Mora

Enrollment Specialist at Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy™

Education & Training

• Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Spanish Studies Minor from the University of Minnesota 
• Trained in SUID, AHT, Behavior Guidance Techniques and Risk Reduction Plan
• CPR and First Aid Certified

Biography

Victoria began her work at Jardín™ as a lead teacher at the Longfellow location then joined our Program Administration Team as the Enrollment Specialist. Victoria grew up in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with her roots coming from Mexico City, Mexico. As a child Victoria grew up in a bilingual household and was educated though an Immersion program. Having had teachers and professors from all over Latin America, she has the highest level of respect and appreciation for Immersion programs as she would not be the same without one today. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Victoria knew that her calling was to be a part of an immersion program to provide the same amazing experience she had growing up.

Her previous work experience includes being an interpreter in the medical field and an Academy Director for a youth soccer organization. Being part of the Jardín™ team has merged her love for the Spanish language and passion of working with children into one. In her current position Victoria provides enrollment support to both new parents looking for a program and our multiple administrative office locations. She emphasizes the importance of clear, effective and constant communication to provide the best experience for all parents looking for the perfect care for their children.

Victoria is proud to work with an organization that prioritizes environmental awareness, healthy values, embracing diversity and the Spanish language! Her favorite aspect of Jardin is being part of such a loving, compassionate and positive group of teachers and administration team while being able to be a positive impact on the lives and education of young children.

Victoria has a passion for sports and loves being active! Outside of work you can find her running, swimming, roller-blading and coaching/playing soccer. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and family by going out to eat, traveling or spending time having good conversations. 

Rebecca

Rebecca Maki

Controller at Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy™

Education

• Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University

Biography

Rebecca Maki joins our administrative team as our Controller with over 15 years of accounting experience. She grew up just two miles away from Jardín™’s Powderhorn location which makes her appreciation of the community that much higher. She spent her teenage years living in Annandale which is located 50 miles west of the Twin Cities, returning to the Twin Cities to begin her studies and start her career.

Before starting her career, Rebecca studied accounting at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. She enjoys her field and has previous experience including 13 years at Range Development Company, an assisted living and memory care provider and 5 years at Campus Club at the University of Minnesota, a catering and restaurant venue. Her education and previous experience allows her to enhance and maintain an organized and up to date system at Jardin.  Rebecca enjoys the investigative aspect of accounting and strives to make processes more efficient. Her role supports the administration team and all the teachers at Jardin with an effective, clear and organized accounting system.

As a mother, Rebecca knows how important care and education are for children and she enjoys working with a company that emphasizes quality care and education though a unique program. She appreciates the focus on diversity and Jardín™’s language-based multicultural curriculum.

During her free time Rebecca enjoys walking, biking, swimming and preparing and/or trying new foods! 

Carol

Carol Munguia

Administrative Assistant with Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy™

Education & Training

• Collegiate level credits in Elementary Education
• Trained in SUID, AHT, Behavior Guidance Techniques and Risk Reduction Plan
• CPR and First Aid Certified

Biography

Carol Munguia joined our administrative team with previous experience at Jardín™ as an infant teacher and a receptionist. Having collegiate level education credits in Child Development she is a perfect fit for our growing team. Her skills are shown in our central office and all our centers as our Administrative Assistant. She is a positive, responsible and problem-solving multitasker. Originally from Los Angeles, California Carol finds it is very important for children to respect and love every single creature and living being. She describes children as the joy of this world and considers her position to be a positive impact for the fostering of their education.

Growing up with parents from Latin America and being bilingual herself Carol values the importance of bilingualism in early education and how it plays a role in their development. As a mother of bilingual children, she recognizes the impact of bilingualism as an advantage for children giving them a broader and more accepting outlook on other cultures and diversity. She loves interacting with children in the center, participating in classroom time, outdoor walks and field trips.

She considers the little things in life to be the most special and that every moment should be valued and appreciated. She enjoys spending her free time with, as she likes to call it, “her little family” by going out to eat, playing outside, watching movies and just hanging out.