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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.


Peace United Church of Christ 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 studied abroad in Spain, Venezuela and Colombia.

She is part of United Way of Olmsted County's Culturally Powered Communities initiative, serves on the board of Families First of Minnesota, the leadership table of Cradle2Career, the Olmsted County BRIDGE early childhood workgroup, and IMAA's Whole Family Systems core team.


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. As the program director she's grown the Butterfly Festival into a large scale community event and leads children and adults in deepening their knowledge around social and emotional regulation and anti bias initiatives.


To strengthen an interconnected multicultural bilingual community surrounding children that thrives in all aspects of life.


Listos is a community partnered organization that provides accessible, equitable, and immersive early childhood education in both English and Spanish. We empower educators, families, and community members to embrace cultural differences and build connections that inspire lifelong knowledge, skills and relationships.


  • 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


Ana Rivera

Ms. Ana grew up in Puerto Rico. She is advancing her skills by pursuing a degree in early childhood education at Winona State University


Dayanira Espinoza

Maestra Daya comes from a family of teachers in her home country of Nicaragua. She joined Listos in 2022.


teaching assistant

Rosmery Malagon

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


Early Learning Corps tutor

Anastasia Ngiem

Anastasia is majoring in Early Childhood Care and Education at Rochester Community and Technical College. She joined the Listos team in June 2022 as a substitute and will be a full-time tutor for the 2022-23 school year.


Sierra Mastin

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


Martha Nossa

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


teaching assistant

Andrea Valencia

Andrea served at Listos as a Minnesota Early Learning Corps tutor during the 2021-2022 school year then joined the Listos team as a teaching assistant.


teaching assistant

Magdalena Berrizbeitia

Magdalena, who is from Venezuela, joined the Listos team in 2022 with a skill for sharing her passion for life and education.


Early Learning Corps tutor

Sandy Calvillo

Sandy is serving as an Early Learning Corps tutor teaching pre-math and literacy skills to the students.

Listos team

Our Board of Directors

  • Joel Traver  - chair

  • Brandon Larson - vice chair

  • John Haug - PUCC liaison

  • Nathan Thorvilson - finance secretary

  • Laura Miller - secretary

  • Elizabeth Baller

  • Angela Mensink

  • Enid Rivera Chiauzzi

  • Melissa Stanton

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In the fall of 2022, a group of Listos staff and members of the Board of Directors, which represents families and the community, came together to update our Mission and Vision statements to better reflect the work we've been doing and the future we'd like to create. 

The collaborative effort, which also included community surveys, speaks to the community-driven, grass roots spirit of the organization. 

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