Marilyn is a true Tex/Mex, teaching Bilingual Birdies’ Spanish classes with a flavor all her own. When she’s not singing with kids, she’s out playing with Flor de Toloache, an all-female mariachi band that was nominated for a Latin Grammy!
- Name: Marilyn Castillo
- City, country you are from: Ciudad Juarez/El Paso (Mex/Tex)
- Name of college and what you studied: University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Bachelor’s on Commercial Music
- How/Why is your work at BB meaningful to you: My work at Bilingual Birdies is meaningful since I know that I’m making a difference in more than one person’s life. Kids learn about foreign languages and expand their knowledge, becoming tolerant, playing, having fun, developing a musical ear, and working their motor and language skills. So many benefits that I get to teach and present… and at the same time I get to sharpen my teaching skills and my ability to solve problems quickly, practice improvising, and get to know extraordinary families and people that enrich my experiences. Encountering all of the wonderful musician friends and parents through Bilingual Birdies helps me feel a great sense of community in NYC!
- Favorite adult band/singer in the language you teach: Luis Miguel/Alejandro Sanz
- Your special way of getting the children’s attention or unique teaching technique: I like to take little pauses to let them speak a little and use facial expression to stimulate their attention. I always smile.
- One reason why you think learning a foreign language is important at a young age: Learning a foreign language broadens other intelligences, and it is vital to working in such a globalized world.
- Favorite part of a BB class: My favorite part of the class is when the kids say goodbye to Myla Birdie. Most of the time, kids like to show her love by hugging her and giving her kisses. I also like to sing the goodbye song because the kids dance, sing, and interact with their parents.