Spanish at SDFAS

SDFAS is now truly multilingual. The school proudly expanded its third-language Spanish acquisition program to all grades PK-8 in 2021-22. Students will develop language skills and cultural competencies in a language spoken by nearly 500 million native speakers around the world.

(First grade learn “boy” and “girl” on Day-1 of Spanish! – September 2021.)

Our Program

Please take a moment to view our program:

Meet The Team

Yuriko, Wendy, and Mayra wearing traditional Mexican hand embroidered shirts on September 15th to celebrate the first day of Hispanic heritage month.



Mayra Vazquez | Middle School Spanish & Spanish Curriculum Coordinator (PK-8)

Mayra was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She moved with her family to the United States when she was in the 10th grade. After graduating high school, she attended San Diego State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, Spain. Mayra then joined the Teacher Credentialing Program at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Successfully credentialed and with several years of teaching experience under her belt, Mayra went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Spanish from CSULA in the Spring of 2020. For the last six years, she has taught Spanish to native, heritage and non-native speakers in both public and charter schools. She also has experience teaching Advanced Placement courses approved by the College Board and served as World Language Department Chair for four years prior to joining SDFAS. During her free time Mayra enjoys spending time and traveling with family and friends.


Yuriko Patino | Spanish Teacher (Pre-Elementary and Elementary)

Ms. Patino was born in Puebla and has been in San Diego for seven years. Working at San Diego French-American School for four years in the preschool, she teaches Spanish in our middle school. Passionate about education, she continues studying for her BA in education and currently holds an AA degree in preschool teaching. She is fluent in Spanish and English and speaks some French. Married, she has a daughter and a son, and of course, she loves working with children.


Wendy Lizarraga | Pre-Elementary Teacher Assistant

Wendy was born in San Diego and spent some of her childhood in Tijuana, Baja California in Mexico. She has worked for SDFAS for the past 13 years as an Assistant/Spanish teacher in summer camp and holds a degree in Child Development. Wendy’s love for her language and culture has become her passion.