Room Details

Manatee (Manatí) Room – First Grade


Yashira Santiago
Credentials: Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Cleveland State University

Ms. Santiago is from Las Piedras, Puerto Rico where she grew up in a bilingual (Spanish/English) home. After graduating from high school, she attended Cleveland State University where she studied Early Childhood Education as a major. Through her practicum and student teaching, Ms. Santiago has experience in preschool and third grade in the public-school system, as well as preschool and kindergarten in Montessori education. She believes in encouraging independence, fostering accountability, maintaining a safe and nurturing atmosphere in the classroom, having high expectations, and building solid communication skills. Ms. Santiago continues expanding her knowledge and instructional skills by pursuing the Ohio Reading Endorsement for teachers (expected Fall 2019).

Classroom Resources

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School Code: OH5419
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Important documents

GALA 2018-2019 Academic Calendar

GALA 2018-2019 School Supply Lists

Parent Testimonials


Love this school so much that I got involved and started volunteering often there. Really wish I would have had a school like GALA growing up. It's not just the language programs but diversity and a global perspective on all subjects and events.

Samantha Adeline

So lucky to have a free language immersion school in our neighborhood. The economic, cultural and ethnic diversity is excellent and important for a rounded healthy education inclusive of heart, mind and spirit.

Daniel Patrick McNamara

I love this school! My son started kindergarten this year in the Spanish Immersion program and he is already speaking some spanish. I can't wait to see this blossom! Thank you for giving him the opportunity to become bilingual at an early age!

Eva Peeples
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