A family-run English school in a cosy setting
Tandem is an English language school in Argentona founded by Mexican / American Jennifer Richmond. Shortly after arriving in Spain with her family Jennifer converted the basement of her home into a classroom, allowing her to follow her passion – education for children. As demand grew for her English classes she converted the large classroom into several smaller classrooms and children were coming and going all afternoon and early evening. She soon needed a larger venue to accommodate the many families that were requesting enrolment and moved to a new location in the village that would support the expanded demand.
To maximise the children’s learning capabilities, Jennifer introduced lunchtime classes at Tandem, where children were picked up from their schools, fed lunch and provided an hour of English classes between their morning and afternoon school hours.
In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Jennifer realised the potential negative impact a lock-down would have on her students. She set up an online lesson system that would enable all students to continue with the rhythm of learning as if in school. The goal was to keep the students connected and far from feelings of isolation that many youngsters experienced during those hard days.
With the return of in-person classes, Jennifer decided the best option for Tandem and her students was to return to small and familiar group lessons in her home. With everything that was learned through Covid and the support of Jennifer’s family and students, she founded Teachers for Peace, a non-for-profit international union of teachers offering children in Ukraine an alternate focus from the ravages of war. This was an amazing opportunity for everyone in the Tandem family to share a smile, practice English and connect with students in Ukraine and teachers from all over the world.
The Tandem School journey has taken me and my family to unimagined places. I am so grateful for everything Tandem has taught me and the community that has grown with it.
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