Listos opened in the fall of 2015 as Rochester's first dual immersion early learning program. We are a local independent, nonprofit program that grew out of a grassroots effort to provide diverse, inclusive, high-quality bilingual education. In Spanish, Listos means both smart and ready. The curriculum and culture at Listos help prepare children for kindergarten and the world.

The program accommodates all children's language abilities. Children with little or no exposure to either Spanish or English outside of the classroom quickly adapt when immersed in the languages. Children at Listos experience art, math, science, music, literacy and movement in both Spanish and English. 

The program strives to have a balance of children who speak different languages. That way children learn from their teachers and each other.


Listos is located on the second floor of Peace United Church of Christ, which is the the fiscal sponsor for the program. Listos has its own board of directors and has no religious curriculum.

Tax deductible financial contributions help make our high-quality program accessible to all children.


Visit our Donate page for information.


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Executive Director

Christina Valdez

Christina is passionate about the benefits of language learning and making a positive impact on the lives of young children and their families. Her background includes a bachelors degree in communications and Spanish from the University of Minnesota and a Child Development Diploma from Rochester Community and Technical College. She has studied abroad in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia.


Program Director

Viridiana Anguiano

Viri grew up in a bilingual family in El Paso, Texas with a love of learning both languages. She joined the Listos team in 2018 as a Spanish teacher and lead the School Age classroom in 2020 during distance and hybrid learning. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.


To provide a unique, inclusive, affordable Spanish-English preschool and childcare experience.


  • Serving ages 3 - 5 years

  • Several class options available

  • School year, September-May

  • Summer camps available

  • Serving children ages 3 to 5 years

  • Hours 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday-Friday

  • Open year round


Itzel Ramirez

Maestra Itzel has been with Listos since it opened in 2015. Her love of teaching began when she was a child.


Maria Lunar

Maestra Maria joined Listos in 2019 with an extensive background in education from her home country of Venezuela.



Rosmery Malagon

Rosmery has a preschool age child and a passion for fashion design. She is also working on becoming a teacher.



Luis Rubio

Education has been the long-time passion of Maestro Luis, who has more than 20 years of teaching in his home country of Venezuela.


Ana Rivera

Ms. Ana grew up in Puerto Rico. She is advancing her skills by pursuing a degree in elementary education.


Sierra Mastin

Sierra joined the Listos team in 2020 as the first Reading Corps PreK member to serve at Listos. She became a teacher in 2021.


teaching assistant

Martha Nossa

Maestra Martha, who grew up in Colombia, has worked with preschool children in Minnesota and Oregon.


Early Educator Corps tutor

Andrea Valencia

As a member of Minnesota's Early Educator Corps, Andrea supports the math and literacy skills of our young learners.

Our Board of Directors

  • Amanda Theuer - chair

  • Joel Traver - vice chair

  • Stevi Hallisy - PUCC liaison

  • Nathan Thorvilson - finance secretary

  • Laura Miller - secretary

  • Susana Cantero Peral

  • Angela Mensink

  • Enid Rivera Chiauzzi

  • Sarah Schettle

  • Melissa Stanton

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