Experience & Bio

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Spanish Cuentos was founded by Craig Klein to meet the immense demand for Spanish needs in the Des Moines area.

Craig is a native Spanish speaker from Colombia, South America. He was born and raised in Cúcuta, a city near the Venezuelan border. His family has always been involved in education. Craig’s father was a college professor and his mother ran her own private elementary school in Colombia for over 30 years.

Craig has a Bachelor’s in Spanish and a Master’s in Spanish Literature. He is also a certified Spanish teacher in the state of Iowa. Teaching Spanish is his life and passion, and this comes across in his lessons and correspondence. He is passionate about teaching the Spanish language and has created unique comprehensible input lessons which incorporate current events, music, literature, games, poetry, Latino folk, pop culture, and storytelling, all with much conversation.

Craig's goal is to allow students to learn a second language through the senses and comprehensible input. Acquisition takes place when students focus on the message and not on the form of the message.  When students are able to produce meaningful language without thinking about rules but just by knowing that everything they say or write sounds right, that’s when you know that language acquisition has taken place.