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Spanish as a core subject at Carden Academy for the middle school curriculum. Approximately 406 million people speak Spanish as a native language, making it second only to Mandarin in terms of its number of native speakers worldwide. It also has 60 million speakers as a second language, and 20 million students as a foreign language.

Spanish is the most widely understood language in the Western Hemisphere, with significant populations of native Spanish speakers ranging from the tip of Patagonia to as far north as New York City and Chicago. Since the early 21st century, it has arguably superseded French in becoming the second-most-studied language and the second language in international communication, after English.


Spanish Teacher 6 -8

Kristi Bendon
kbendon@cardenmaui.org

Señora Kristi Bendon is excited to rejoin the Carden Faculty as the Middle School Spanish Teacher.  She holds a B.A. in Spanish and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado, an M.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Hawaii, and certifications in interpretation and facilitation. She has lived abroad in Costa Rica and Spain. Señora Bendon has 8 years of experience teaching Spanish classes ranging from level 1 – 5, including middle school, high school, and university courses.

Señora Bendon loves teaching Spanish because she enjoys opening her students’ minds to the diversity and wonder of the world, as well as the joy of communicating with someone in their native language.

When not in the classroom, Señora Bendon enjoys singing, cooking, and spending time with her husband and three children.