Mar 18, 12:00 AM
Rhonda Broussard grew up in Louisiana, with grandparents who spoke Creole and French. Her childhood fascination was the spark that ignited a career in language education. Broussard would go on to teach French all over the United States, eventually moving to St. Louis in 2006, where she continued her education at Washington University. Once here, Broussard noticed a void in local language education. "I couldn't figure out why there were no language immersion (programs) in St. Louis," she said. The concept behind immersion instruction is simple: students speak the language they are studying from the minute they enter the school to the minute they depart.