Rayuela is a Spanish Immersion Program aimed at families interested in a second language for their kids. We serve kids from 2 to entry into first grade. The goal is to have kids fluent in Spanish as native speakers before they start First Grade.
We are proud to have a wonderful team of native Spanish speaking teachers who bring diversity from different corners of the world.
Who We Are
Liliana Martínez Scarpellini, native to Bogotá (Colombia), is Director of Education at Rayuela. At the age of 18 she began her career in education by both teaching and completing her degree in Philology and Languages. Maestra Lili, as she is known by her students, worked at Berlitz at Rockefeller Center teaching Spanish as a second language to adults and children for a few years while attending New York University to study translation. In 1996 she pursued a journalism career at Hunter College and after graduation started at Hoy Newspaper, the largest Spanish newspaper at that time in New York city. Once her two beautiful children, Federico and Bronte, were born in Los Angeles the importance of bilingualism became crucial and she got involved in their education by teaching Spanish at their Montessori school. And then Rayuela project came to life and inspired this mother, journalist, teacher, translator and overall education advocate.