Spanish Immersion Program

Our Two-Way (countywide lottery placement) Program

Rose Hill Elementary School has a two-way Spanish Immersion Program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. In the immersion program, students spend approximately half of each day learning mathematics, science, and health in Spanish. The other half of the day is spent learning social studies, language arts, and reading in English. There is no formal criteria for enrollment, but the program is only open to residents of Fairfax County.

Our immersion teachers team with the grade-level English teachers to integrate the total FCPS curriculum. The goals of the FCPS immersion program are to foster grade level academic achievement, develop bilingualism and biliteracy as well as intercultural competence.

London Towne Spanish Immersion students are enrolled through a lottery process.  Please visit the links below for more information.  

Our Spanish Immersion Staff

  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, ES

    Srta. Cotto Silva was born and grew up in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus. She has been teaching for 18 years, three of those in Rose Hill. She likes to spend quiet time reading a book or just taking a walk. She loves to visit her family back in Puerto Rico or have them here for a couple of days.

  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, ES

    Señora Cruz is from Lima-Perú, she has lived in the US for 15 years and has worked for Rose Hill ES for three years as a 1st grade Immersion teacher. She graduated from Maristas HS (Lima-Perú). She earned a bachelor’s degree in Marcelino Champagnat University (Lima- Perú). She continued her education in Northern Virginia Community College and Trinity Washington University. When she is with her family, she enjoys cooking, dancing and listening, and Peruvian traditions. 

  • Kindergarten Teacher, ES

    Mrs. Garcia Quinones has been a kindergarten Immersion Teacher at Rose Hill ES for 5 years. She is a Boricua born and raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and has been living in Virginia for 5 years. While in Puerto Rico, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University from Puerto Rico and her Masters Studies at Universidad Interamericana at Ponce Puerto Rico. Mrs. Garcia Quinones has been working in kindergarten for all her years in Fairfax County and also works during weekends providing Spanish lessons. She enjoys her family's company and loves to eat chocolate!

  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, ES

    ¡Hola amigos! Thank you for being a part of this new school year. La Sra. Henderson was born in El Salvador and raised in Texas and in California.  She attended the University of Southern California many years ago. Fight on Trojans! She’s been fortunate to have lived and traveled in countries all over the world. La Sra. Henderson is always looking for a great book to read or an exciting show to watch. This year she’s lucky to be teaching 4th Grade Spanish Immersion and is looking forward to getting to know her students and their families. ¡Bienvenidos y buena suerte!

  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, ES

    Mrs. McMichael is originally from West Virginia.  She obtained her undergraduate from Wittenberg University, her BA in Foreign Language from West Virginia University, and her degree as a Math Specialist from George Mason University.  She began her teaching career in Spanish Immersion at Fort Hunt Elementary School about twenty years ago and has been with Rose Hill since 2016.  Mrs. McMichael enjoys spending down time at home with her husband and daughter.

  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, ES

    Mrs. Whelan is our Third Grade Immersion Teacher. She grew up in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and Orlando, Florida. Mrs. Whelan earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Central Florida in Preschool Education and a degree in Elementary Education from Turabo University, Orlando Campus. She earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico.  She also has endorsements in Preschool Education and ESOL. She has been teaching for 13 years. This is her second year at Rose Hill. When she isn’t at Rose Hill, she is involved in different military family activities with her husband and their two dogs, Manolo and Sussie.

  • Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES

    Ms. White is a Fairfax County native. She was an FCPS student and went on to graduate from James Madison University with her Masters in Elementary Education. Ms. White is going into her 2nd year of teaching and will be working with the 5th and 6th graders this year in the Spanish Immersion Program. Ms. White has a passion for music. She sang in an acapella group during her college years and now enjoys singing in a band with her dad & brother at local venues in the DC area.