Winter PD Make-Up session


Dear elementary DLI teachers, 


For those teachers who could not attend their corresponding session for the winter PD ’23, we will be hosting a make-up PD day on Friday, March 24th. 


This PD opportunity will be offered to teachers K-6 and will take place at Granite School District’s auditoriums B and C from 8:30 to 3:30. 


There is no MIDAS course number available for this session. Teachers who attend this PD will be given USBE credit at the end of the session. 


Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions. 


Winter PD ’23 Files and Videos Uploaded

The presentations, documents and videos shown during the latest round of winter PD at Boondocks Draper have been uploaded to the “Professional Development” section. 


We hope that this PD offering was of interest to you and we are looking forward to the next opportunity to meet next fall. Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions. 


The Spanish DLI Team


2023 “Cuentistas” Contest

We would like to encourage all DLI teachers to participate in the 2023 “Cuentistas” contest, sponsored by the Spanish Embassy in the USA. Participation in the contest is open
to all teachers, regardless of their participation in the Visiting Teachers Program. 


This year´s contest is for storytelling and drawing. In this edition, there will be a gift for both the winning students and their teachers.


Please see the participation details and documents below. Feel free to forward this information to your colleagues and other interested teachers in participating. 


Cuentistas 2023 – Additional Documents

1- Participation details, terms and conditions. 

2- Annexes 1, 2, 3 and 4



For more information, please visit the website of the Spanish Resource Center in BYU-Provo. or scan and share this QR code. 


A Special Thanks to Model Teachers

On behalf of the State DLI team, we want to thank the model teachers who helped during the last round of classroom visits for state DLI teachers in November.These teachers implement exemplary DLI strategies daily in their classrooms and help strengthen the program by welcoming to their classrooms teachers an administrators from other school districts to learn from their expertise. 


Elementary School Teachers


 Secondary School Teachers


Daniel Aguilera

Mt. Jordan Middle

Milagros Vásquez

Mt. Jordan Middle)

Jasmine Guzmán

Midvale Middle School

Jarumi Woods

Union Middle School

The teachers and administrators who attended the classroom observations had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from other schools and districts and implement new practices in their buildings.



Spanish DLI Schools celebrate “Día de Muertos”

During October and early November, many Spanish DLI schools across the state celebrated the “Día de Muertos” by displaying altars with offerings, photos and decorations to remember and honor the loved ones who are not among us anymore.

Every year, we see more and more schools setting up similar displays to bring Mexican culture into our classrooms. We want to thank all the schools and teachers who invested time and effort to bring closer to our DLI students such an important celebration in Mexican culture.


Discovery Elementary (Uintah District)



 Vista Elementary (Granite District)


Midvale Elementary (Canyons District)



Fall PD 2022 presentations and additional PD opportunity


The presentations shared during our latest round of PD in Kaysville have been uploaded in PDF format to the professional development section of our website. 


If you were not able to attend your their grade-level PD, we encourage you to come to an additional make-up session that we are offering on Friday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Canyons Administration Building (9361 S. 300 E., Sandy).  This make-up session is for elementary and secondary teachers.  We will be holding simultaneous training sessions for each level.



Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.



Rubén Núñez from Eisenhower Jr. High receives Granite Districts Excel Award

We would like to extend our congratulations to Rubén Núñez, Spanish DLI teacher at Eisenhower Jr. High (Granite School District) for being selected as the recipient of  Granite Education Foundation´s Excel Award 2022. This is the top honor for Granite SD educator, and highlight´s Rubén´s commitment to the DLI program, creating highly engaging and inclusive lessons for his students. 








Paradise Canyon Elementary recognized as School of the Year 2021 by the Spanish Ministry of Education

The Spanish Ministry of Education recognized Paradise Canyon Elementary (Saint George, Washington SD) as the 2021 International Spanish Academy of the year. The Ministry cited the school’s quality of Spanish immersion instruction and the services they make available to low-income families in the area.
Additional information: St. George News (May 4, 2021)


Teachers Irene Bernal and Elena Briz represented Paradise Canyon at the event held at the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, where they received the award from the Spanish ambassador to the USA, Mr. Santiago Cabanas. 


A video of the award ceremony can be found here. 


Congratulations to the teachers and administrators of the school!



2021 DLI teachers of the year in Utah

We want to send our congratulations to the Utah Spanish DLI teachers that have been chosen as teachers of the year in their respective schools and districts. 

Edith Montalvo

T. O Smith Elementary 
Ogden SD Teacher of the Year 2021

 Albert Ferrarons
Westlake Stem Academy
Granite SD Teacher of the Year 2021

Maite Gallo

Silver Mesa Elementary
Canyons SD Elementary Teacher of the Year 2021

Leticia Tarín 
Midvale Elementary (Canyons SD) 

Inmaculada García
Discovery Elementary (Uintah SD)

Irene Bernal
Paradise Canyon Elementary (Washington SD)