Sarah Farzam, the mama bird. She started Bilingual Birdies at the ripe old age of 24 by passing out fliers in the park. She began with one location, three kids (two of which were her twin nieces), and a whole lot of heart. With the help of some friends the company has grown to 40 locations with a staff of nearly 20 that educates 1,700 children per week in New York City. This Mexican-Iranian-Jewish entrepreneur also teaches yoga on the side weekly and is determined to learn to play jarana (a Mexican guitar) and cajon (a Peruvian percussion instrument).
- Name: Sarah Farzam
- City, country you are from: Los Angeles, California, USA
- Name of college and what you studied: University of California Los Angeles, BA in World Literature
- How/Why is your work at BB meaningful to you: Because it encompasses all of my interests — music, language, culture, children, and education. Also, because I can create a space where talented musicians have the opportunity to share their skills with inspirational and curious children.
- Favorite adult band/singer in the language you teach: Julieta Venegas (Mexico) and Manu Chao (Spain). Also, Rita (an Israeli singer). And, Hypernova (Iran).
- Your special way of getting the children’s attention or unique teaching technique: Enthusiastic dance moves to percussion on a small hand drum. Also, using catchy melodies to get children to repeat and learn new words.
- One reason why you think learning a foreign language is important at a young age: Because you will increase your chances of making more diverse friends in the future.
- Favorite part of a BB class: Bubble dance party at the end!