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By Aaron Kinney
Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 at 6:07 pm in Uncategorized.

Burlingame School District Superintendent Sonny Da Marto had the teacher who swooped in and rescued the district’s nascent Spanish-language immersion program write up a bio for parents and others interested in learning more about her.

So who is this masked woman?

“My name is Elaine Tarango,” she began.

Tarango was born in San Francisco and grew up in a bilingual household. She currently lives in San Bruno. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and received a masters in Educational Technology with BCLAD credentials from the University of San Francisco.

For the past seven years, Tarango was a bilingual teacher at Garfield Charter School in unincorporated North Fair Oaks, working with first and second graders.

“I am passionate about teaching and I understand the importance of learning more than one language,” noted Tarango, who has two children, ages 4 and 1. She and her husband are raising them bilingually.

“He speaks to them in English and I speak to them in Spanish,” Tarango wrote. “It has worked out very well. Each day they amaze me with their ability to switch between the two languages.”

“I look forward to working with the staff, students and families at McKinley and bringing my energy and experience to the Spanish immersion program,” she concluded.

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