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FOSTERING A LOVE OF LEARNING Principal Dana Pallaria Is Proud Of The Unique Dual-Language Program At New Horizons Elementary School STORY BY DEBORAH WELKY | PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

New Horizons Elementary School opened in 1988 as the second elementary school serving the fast-growing community of Wellington. Today, the school on Greenbriar Blvd. is led by Principal Dana Pallaria. Wellington takes pride in its top-rated schools, and that includes New Horizons, which features a unique duallanguage Spanish program. The school has been ranked third in the United States as a Dual Language International Spanish Academy, and Pallaria aims to take it to No. 1. “In the three years since I have been here, I have been successful in growing our dual-language program by adding two VPK dual-language classrooms,” Pallaria said. “This has allowed me to open up the opportunity to begin a bilingual and biliterate journey for our three- and four-year-old students. Ultimately, I’d like to take the program through eighth grade. Our students have an advantage over most because my goal is to provide a program that fosters a love of learning, a love of learning about other cultures, and the opportunity to learn two or sometimes three languages. Englishspeaking students will continue their education learning Spanish, and Spanish-speaking students will be able to

Principal Dana Pallaria by a sign announcing the school’s Dual Language International Spanish Academy

wellington the magazine | june 2022