addalingua co.founder Stacey Vanden Bosch tends to write visions for the company into existence. She also has her hands in the development of program standards and instructional resources. When working with Stacey, prepare for rapid-fire communication and honest feedback. Though many clients find her intense (we prefer passionate), they also know Stacey will jump through hoops to come up with creative solutions or to resolve issues.
Stacey holds a Master’s Degree in Romance Linguistics with a focus on Second Language Acquisition from the University of Washington and a certificate in Dual Language and Immersion Education from the University of Minnesota. Besides studying, traveling, and volunteering in many Spanish-speaking countries, she has held teaching positions as adjunct faculty and delivered Spanish or world language methods courses at Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington, Hope College, and Aquinas College. Stacey also founded the first private school Spanish and Chinese dual language immersion programs in Michigan, where the program grew from 60 to 400 students.
Stacey met Lilah, her addalingua co.founder, at a Tom Petty concert in 2006. Besides their similar taste in music, they shared a professional vision for dual language and immersion education. By developing a standards-based program that placed as much value on Spanish as on English, they hoped to inspire global empathy as more and more students had the opportunity to “do school in two languages.”
One of Stacey’s greatest achievements was shifting the mindset of an apprehensive addalingua partner school. The co.founders’ first community education meeting provoked tears, worry, and fear from some of the families about their changing school. Five years later, however, the co.founders were at a second community meeting, and the parents were advocating for addalingua continuation beyond fifth grade. Stacey will never forget that moment and the realization that by expanding perspectives and inspiring global empathy in students, we could also impact the lives of the adults who loved them.