Olé: the Spanish teacher is a winner in all languages


A Lanarkshire Spanish teacher won one of the most coveted awards at a national children’s activity awards ceremony.

Rachel Peebles, of Eaglesham, beat hundreds of other entrants to receive the prestigious Franchisee of the Year award at the Club Hub National Children’s Activity Awards.

She told Lanarkshire Live: “I am absolutely delighted to win this award. It’s such a strong category and everyone wants to win.

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“I traveled to Birmingham from Glasgow, looking forward to meeting other providers of children’s activities and listening to the keynote speakers, but didn’t expect to win as I was up against five other providers of children’s activities. ‘incredible activities.

“The last 18 months have been very difficult with the children’s activity sector being one of the worst to suffer, with schools and venues being closed and so many restrictions affecting the course of classes, so this is a huge blow. thumbs up and encouragement to be recognized in this way “.

Rachel teaches Spanish through her language club, Estrellas Brillantes (meaning Shining Stars) to babies, toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-school children in Uddingston and Busby, using the award-winning program La Jolie Ronde.

During the lockdown, Rachel, 41, took her classes online so students could continue their language learning journey.

She has taught over 600 zoom classes to a wide range of ages, from babies and toddlers up to 13, until face-to-face classes can finally resume in May.

In addition to teaching children in the area, Rachel also donates a lot of her time to support a Bolivian charity called Fundación Totaí – a small charity that provides quality health care at low cost in the community, as well as sports and educational programs for children.

This charity is close to Rachel’s heart, as this is where she worked for nine years and is where she started speaking Spanish every day, learning from the children and families of the Christian Community Project who ‘she sustained for so many years, and became her second home.

Several times a year Rachel holds special events in her Spanish classes to raise funds for the charity and also “Change Tomorrow”, which runs a rural school in Uganda.

Rachel added: “I have been a board member of Fundacíon Totaí for eight years and ‘Change Tomorrow’ is run by friends in Uganda.

“We have now raised over £ 12,000 for Bolivia and Uganda since I started teaching in 2017, and £ 6,700 was raised last year.

“I am very grateful to all the Estrellas Brillantes families for their support of these great causes.

To learn more about Rachel’s award-winning Spanish courses, visit her Facebook page here.

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