Spanish Immersion Program

Our Two-Way (countywide lottery placement) Program

Rose Hill Elementary is proud to have a two-way Spanish Immersion program for grades K-6. If you are interested in having your student be a part of the program, it's important that you are aware of the enrollment process and timeline.

For rising Kindergartners and 1st Grade Students

There is a lottery process for students to be enrolled in the Spanish Immersion program for these two grade levels. You must enroll at your base school first and then submit your immersion program application.  There is more information about this process as well as FAQs located on the FCPS site which can be found by click here

For Students in all Other Grade Levels

If you are interested in having your student be in the Spanish Immersion program in rising grades 2-6, there is certain criterion that must be met. The student should have some capacity to read, write, and speak Spanish. This will go along way to ensuring success in the core academic areas that are taught in Spanish. If you are a current Rose Hill family, contact Assistant Principal Rachal Edwards at @email to express interest in having your student placed in an immersion classroom. If you are new to Rose Hill, when you register your child, let Yudi DelCastillo, the school's registrar, know of your interest.

General questions about the process can be directed to Yudi DelCastillo at @email.

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 20 years, five 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 17 years and has worked for Rose Hill ES for 6 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 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 7 years. She is from Puerto Rico and has been living in Virginia for 7 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. She enjoys her family's company and loves to excercises!

  • 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
  • Spanish Immersion Teacher, ES

    MrsMrs. 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 since 2004 having teaching experience in preschool, elementary, middle school and High School. This is her fourth year at Rose Hill in 3rd grade immersion. 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.She also loves math and go mountain bike in local park. 

  • Grades 4-6 Teacher, ES

    Mrs. Amaya is a New York City native. She grew up close to Yankee Stadium and spent many summer nights watching them play.  As a young adult, she worked with at-risk youth teaching them how to swim.  This experience inspired her to become a teacher.  Mrs. Amaya obtained her bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Marymount University. This will be her 9th year as a Rose Hill Rocket. On her time off you can find Mrs. Amaya at home chasing after her two small children.