Celebrando 23 Años

Mariposas Spanish is proud to be celebrating 23 years in the Austin community. Take a stroll through memory lane with us as we look back on some of our favorite moments since 1999.

We have been so happy that she has been engaged in Spanish class and we appreciate all the work you guys are doing!
February 2022
The teachers involved in Mariposas are so loving, easy to get along with and easy to communicate with. I always know our children are being well cared for!
August 2021
Our girls love Mariposas camps and classes! It's always a testimony to the fact that they are learning when they blurt out a new Spanish word in the correct context while playing or talking with us! We love that it's learning in the Montessori style as well interactively and that the camps include all types of subject matter including science and even cooking recipes!
July 2021
Our girls absolutely love the content of what they learn and speak so fondly of the environment as well - the teachers, the friends they make, and the activities they participate in. I'm so happy with how safe they made our family feel throughout the summer as well.
June 2021-Summer Camp
I feel comfortable and confident that our children are learning and being well cared for while in the hands of the Mariposas teachers. We've enrolled with them on many occasions and have always been so happy with our decision. They make learning fun for our kids!
June 2021
[ The class ] was run so effectively even for little kids!
April 2021
Learning methodology includes reading, singing, and visual demonstrations. My son Joaquin and I absolutely loved this class!
February 2021- Online Classes
My kids have been doing Mariposas for a few weeks now, and I am blown away by Laura’s skill at teaching and by how much they are learning and loving Spanish (finally!). I have been trying to teach them myself for years but they would dig in their heels and groan about it. This has been the exact change we needed. Having Laura coming to teach them makes it so fun for them. She is so engaging and kind. She is also so well-organized, with music and games and new vocabulary for them to learn each week. She has lots of energy and seems to know exactly how to make it challenging for their level without being overwhelming. We are so thankful to have found her and that the kids are finally getting the start in Spanish I have wanted them to have. They are excited to speak with me after just a few weeks and it is music to my ears!
October 2020- In person Pod
I am so happy with the lessons - my youngest hasn't been into virtual learning at all but she LOVES the Mariposas classes. Love love love! It's been a fun way to connect with her and keep up her Spanish. Plus, she loves seeing the kids too. My 1st grader joins too and it's a good way for her to review what she's been learning through her school. Thanks for switching over to a virtual option. We cannot wait to be able to meet you all in person one day.
May 2020- Virtual Classes
I just wanted to say thanks for making these [online] lessons available! Petra and I have watched them together. I am happy I can learn the songs along with her! It also provides some sense of routine to our week. Thanks again! Looking forward to the next lesson.
April 2020
[I] just want to let you know how much we are enjoying these. The length was great and my kids stayed really engaged.
April 2020
I've been meaning to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the work that you do with my daughter and other children. I also want to thank you for keeping me updated, Aimee loves her Spanish class and sometimes says to me out of nowhere how she wants to continue with her Spanish classes!
December 2019
My 2 sons (ages 5 and 8) did the Mariposa 2 week summer camp for the first time this year. They had both been exposed to Spanish but had no formal training (like couldn't say anything except "hola" and "muy bien"). They both had a lot of anxiety about going; they were worried it would be boring and school-like. I had the same fear, but I was OK with that if it helped them learn Spanish. Happily, the camp turned out to be totally fun and the boys loved it. AND, every day when I picked them up they were chatting happily with me using their new Spanish words and singing their new songs. I was blown away by how much Spanish was packed into those 2 weeks. The boys learned SO much, and they were not stressed about it at all. They enjoyed all the activities and didn't realize how much they were absorbing. I wish this camp went all summer! It was totally worth it and I can't wait for our next session with Mariposas!
June 2019
Thank you for the update about [our son’s] progress. We are definitely hearing more Spanish at home. Mason likes to greet me when I pick him up from school by jumping out from behind a curtain and declaring, “Mom! Estoy aqui!”
February 2018
"Last week we traveled to Mexico City for Thanksgiving. Pierce not only asked how to say things in Spanish (i.e., bike, car). He would walk up to people and say ‘Me llamo, Pierce. Buenos Dias’. He also knew colors, red, green, yellow, and blue. He also knew dog, turtle, and, of course, butterfly in Spanish. Thank you for all your work with him and his class. It’s definitely showing."
November 2017
"Just wanted you to know that I was woken this morning by hearing Elia sing “Buenos Dias, buenos dias, como estas? como estas?…” in her bed this morning. Awesome!"
February 2016
"We are seeing so much progress in Dylan’s experience… He practices his Spanish all the time without prompting! He gets excited to go to class!"
November 2015
"[Ethan] has heard Spanish in the home every single day of his life, but he’s never been willing to speak it (until recently). In the past, he would listen in Spanish but answer in English and only occasionally mix in some Spanish words. However, ever since he started Mariposas with you, we are suddenly hearing a lot more Spanish from him and we are thrilled!"
November 2015
"Just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much Corinne enjoyed camp this year. She came home every day with stories and things she learned that she wanted to tell us about. Thank you!!!"
June 2015
"I just wanted to thank you, thank you for making such a great impression on Toby, and really instilling in him a LOVE for Spanish. He is speaking a lot of Spanish at home, teaching us lots of vocabulary, and we are hoping to learn more together this summer! Thanks again – he had so much fun in your class."
Erin M.
May 2015
"Jonathan and I absolutely loved seeing Emi in class and were so impressed with how much she knew and how engaged she was with the class. We know, of course, how much she loves the class and especially loves you because she tell us that all the time! We couldn’t be happier that Emi is enjoying her Spanish class."
Lana H.
April 2015
"Esaias had a great time (at camp)! He did not want to leave when I would pick him up. 🙂 Thank you so much for a fantastic experience. We are looking forward to the school year and next summer."
Ann G.
August 2014
"Thank you for another magnificent camp. All of the work and all of the care you put into it really shows!"
June 2014
"We are very happy that we have exposed Stella to Spanish in such a fun loving way. I’m sure she will have an excellent association with the language for the rest of her life and it will help her continue her future studies in it. Muchas Gracias!"
Jamie & Henry L.
April 2014
"Thank you. Ty loves Spanish class! I hear more about it, then his football, soccer, or gymnastics. The only thing that comes close to his excitement for Spanish is riding the big blue bus on Wednesdays to Crenshaws. Those 2 things are all I ever hear about. Thanks again and see you soon."
April 2014
"As you can imagine, we are very proud of Ella’s accomplishments in Spanish class. She looks forward to her classes each week and seems to genuinely enjoy her time with you on Mondays and Wednesdays. Thank you for making Spanish “fun” for Ella."
Tawny S.
February 2014
"Thank you to you and the teachers for making the class so much fun. Matilda loves it!"
February 2014
Sevylla del Mazo, Mariposas Spanish School Music Teacher playing games with students.
"I’m so pleased that Bella is doing Spanish again. She absolutely loves everyone from Mariposas and you all have been so kind to her. Many Thanks."
October 2013
"My daughter, age 4, attended Mariposa’s Spanish summer camp for two weeks this summer. I was a bit concerned about how the transition would go since she didn’t know many kids but she absolutely loved it, from day one. The staff was ample, warm and welcoming with routines in place that made it comfortable for the kids. My daughter came home using her Spanish words in context and enjoyed the daily cooking, art and dance activities. The end of camp program was a joy to watch as the kids performed songs and dance from Argentinian culture, their focus this season. I am very pleased that my daughter got to experience an immersion program, that she felt comfortable with it immediately, and that she had the opportunity to be introduced to another culture in such a comprehensive and age appropriate way. Thank you Mariposas!"
Loraine F.
June 2013
"Thank you so much! I want you to know that Emery was absolutely thrilled that she went to Spanish class yesterday. She came home and told me all about it without me asking her, and showed me her stamp on her belly.Thank you! I wanted you to know that you made her a very happy girl! It’s such a joy to have her so excited about learning a different language! Emery and Eve have so loved taking spanish classes from Mariposas. They speak so much spanish at home that it blows me away! I love your program and hope to be able to use it for them in the future. Best to you and the Mariposas family!"
January 2013
"Nico LOVES your class, I’m so glad there was room for him. He comes home a couple of times a week asking if I know the Spanish word for (what you taught that day), and he taught his two year old sister how to count to ten in Spanish. Thanks for inspiring him!"
February 2012
"Thank you for all of your work – Christopher sings the songs he’s learned at the top of his lungs whenever he can!"
May 2011
"Ari LOVES LOVES LOVES Spanish class and I have noticed that her accent sounds very good (or at least better than mine…hahah). It’s always her favorite day when there is Spanish class. I can’t thank YOU enough for having such a great program and I hope that her love of Spanish always stays with her. I am always raving about how the kids are so excited about Spanish class. Even little Boone was singing the song about Mariposas the other morning. J Kudos to you and your team."
March 2011
Sevylla del Mazo, Mariposas Spanish School Music Teacher playing games with students.
"Ruby wakes up with a special spring in her step on T/Th (Spanish days). Thanks so much for being such a positive force in her learning and life."
November 2010
"My son Dash came home knowing how to say all the seasons in Spanish today. I was FLOORED! Invierno was a little hard to say, but he knew them all. Amazing! He’s only 3! Thank you. : )"
Ingrid S.
October 2010
"Elizabeth has 1-on-1 play time in Spanish 5 hrs/week. You have inspired a love for Spanish and her Spanish has grown (not declined) since camp. Muchas gracias!"
Susanne G.
September 2010
"Thanks for teaching my child so much. Of all the classes and extra curricular activities she’s had this year, she has enjoyed and learned the most from Mariposas Spanish.. Thank you!"
Misty S.
April 2010
"Kate loves Spanish class and looks forward to her days when she will see you. I am so impressed with how much Spanish Kate is speaking. She sings songs for us and counts in Spanish. The last few weeks she has been saying her colors almost exclusively in Spanish. Though she sees you only twice a week, you are an important person in her world. Thank you for providing such a safe and encouraging environment for Kate to explore a second language."
Misty M.
March 2010
"Ella told me tonight that she “loooovvvvessss” Spanish, so you guys are clearly doing something right."
Rachel F.
February 2010
"Nisan became a real addict to Spanish. He looks at books of words, ask his brother about pronunciations, etc. He loves it."
Professor Ronen
January 2010
Sevylla del Mazo, Mariposas Spanish School Music Teacher playing games with students.
"We are so impressed with Alex’s knowledge of Spanish, especially his accent! Our Venezuelan neighbors are very proud of his pronunciation…THANK YOU!"
Sarah F.
"Hi Yvette! Thank you so much for the update. Zara has really enjoyed Spanish with you. We really feel like she is learning so much and it is fun to see the progress."
Kelly W.
"Our daughter, Julia Cramer has graduated from NW Montessori and Mariposas Spanish class. She has learned so much! Even on our vacation, she was going over her Spanish colors and names of animals. Julia’s experience with Mariposas has fostered a love of learning about another language and culture that she will continue through her life. Thank you so much!"
"I’ve noticed his (Harry) increased attention to Spanish words. I’ve been very impressed with the Mariposas program and am grateful to have you (Yvette) as his Spanish teacher."
Shelly L.
"Thank you so much for the update on Cassidy! I can tell she really enjoys Spanish as I hear “uno, dos…” numerous times throughout the day! I love having the lesson plans and homework assignments to encourage the parents along with the learning, as well. I am so thankful for this opportunity for Cass I know it will give her an excellent head start for her future. I greatly appreciate all that you do to support her along this path and for the great care and education that you provide to her."
Tracy C.
"Great job Yvette! Miles has started watching all spanish cartoons where he would not do this last year with a very good understanding of the language. Can’t wait to take him salsa dancing!"
Liana T.
"Darrell and I want to thank you for inspiring Zairen so much to want to become a Spanish speaking person. He uses his language skills every day and truly enjoys teaching us what he is absorbing, pronunciation and all! He loves to speak Spanish to strangers whenever he finds the opportunity and has really embraced a broader scope of culture because of your passionate style of teaching. Much love."
"I can’t begin to describe how wonderful I think your class is. Miles has learned so much. The creativity, enthusiasm and your attentive theory is a recipe unique unto itself. Thanks for all your hard work."
"Thanks Yvette for a wonderful Spanish experience. This class has been a highlight of Cora’s experience at TMC."
Kathy L.
"I just wanted to say thank you for the tremendous contribution you are making to his [Nicky] life experience. His Spanish lessons are simply inspiring to him and Dave and I appreciate your creativity and commitment to helping us nurture that in him. Very best regards."
Mia E.
"I can’t thank you enough for what you did for the children. It’s more meaningful than you’ll ever know. Thank you so much!"
Rebecca G.
"Thanks again for doing such a terrific job with him. He loves Spanish, and is constantly asking me to translate things for him."
William M. S.
"Rye really looks forward to your weekly classes. Every Tuesday and Thursday he comes home and tries to teach me the Spanish words he learned and always corrects my pronunciation. Thanks for doing such a marvelous job!"
Skye H.
"She [Elizabeth] has really been enjoying her class and starting to use lots of Spanish! Thanks so much for your wonderful teaching."
Allene E.
"James loves class! He’s learned the days of the week by which days he has Spanish – he gets so excited. It’s amazing how much Spanish he’s learned in such a short time."
Sarah W.
Sevylla del Mazo, Mariposas Spanish School Music Teacher playing games with students.
"BTW – Just wanted to let you know that Maya loves Spanish class. This was a surprise as she hated her last one (at a different place). She has picked up a nice accent."
"Emma Jane’s first words out of your door today were, “Thank you, Mom for getting us a GREAT new Spanish teacher! That was so fun!” Sam was equally as thrilled. So thank you. Emma had all but given up on Spanish ever being fun."
Jennifer H.
"Pearl really loves her Spanish class and she is always happy to show off her skills. We like to practice at home together. Mariposas rocks! Muchas gracias!"
"Both my girls LOVE Spanish . . . and Kate LOVES Kareen so much — but she calls her Cotton. (I wasn’t sure of her real name until I spoke with Mary Ann.) Please pass on to “Cotton” for me that Kate talks about her every day and tells God thank you for Cotton almost every night."
Tracy L.
"While I volunteered as a photographer at Mariposas Spanish Kids Camp I was impressed by the diversity of activities and innovative instruction."
Tara A.
"Even though Dave (Eirene’s dad) spoke only Spanish to Eirene for the first 2 years of her life, she rarely spoke any back to us. After Eirene came home from Spanish camp, she began asking for things in Spanish and speaking Spanish more comfortably. Her interaction with peers made a big difference. Eirene thoroughly enjoyed camp— there was even a day when she wasn’t feeling well and she insisted on going to camp instead of staying home! We highly recommend Yvette and her Spanish classes!"
Dave & Holly G.
"The camp was wonderful. Elizabeth really enjoyed it and is speaking much more Spanish. She proudly informs people that she knows how to make guacamole and salsa. The cooking, restaurant role play, music, dancing, and art were all much enjoyed and I think the use of a daily theme is a great idea. Muchas Gracias."