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Spanish 1

Master Teacher:  Eric Arthurton

Eric ArthurtonMaster Teacher

Eric Arthurton

MA, University of California, Riverside
BA, University of California, Riverside

Eric Arthurton earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and French languages and his Master of Arts in Spanish literature at the University of California, Riverside. He is fluent in Spanish and French, and continues to study biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek, Portuguese, and German. He is the Course Developer and Master Teacher for Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 through HSLDA Online Academy.

Eric currently resides in Apple Valley, California, with his beautiful wife and 5 wonderful children. He enjoys being involved in his children’s education and reading Christian apologetics.

This is his second year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Kristen Davis

Kristen DavisClassroom Teacher

Kristen Davis

MA, University of Houston
BA, Sam Houston State University

Kristen Davis earned her bachelor of arts degree with a Spanish minor at Sam Houston State University, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her master's degree in second language education from the University of Houston while teaching foreign language in the public school system.

A lover of languages and fluent in Spanish, Kristen has taught multiple homeschool Spanish courses and enjoys homeschooling her own two children. She currently resides in the greater Houston area with her husband and their two amazing children.

This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Daouda Traore

Daouda TraoreClassroom Teacher

Daouda Traore

Daouda Traore (pronounced /dow-dah trah-o-ray) has spent the last 12 years working as a language teacher, interpreter, and translator in Spanish, English, and French. His academic and professional training, along with his exposure to different cultures and various groups on the African and American continents, has equipped him with skills that he enjoys using for the benefits of his students.

Daouda is very passionate about languages and language skill acquisition. He is specifically passionate about his students being able, not only to speak, write, and read a new language with ease, but also to sound and articulate like a native speaker of the target language. He believes firmly that the best way to learn a language is by immersion. Thus, in all his classes, his goal is to provide an experience as close to immersion as possible.

Between 2008 and 2010, while teaching languages in the Ivory Coast, Daouda worked with a group of high school students from South Africa, whose only language was English. Within 2 years, Daouda and his teaching team gave the students the necessary training and language skills to complete college classes in French. He has since served many students at the Victor Valley College in Victorville, CA, as a Spanish and French tutor.

Daouda is also an elder and an ordained pastor serving a multi-ethnic congregation in Southern California, where he lives with his wife Danielle and their two daughters Anna and Abigael.

Classroom Teacher:  Kate Blevins

Kate Blevins

Classroom Teacher

Kate Blevins

BA, Shepherd University

Kate Blevins graduated from Shepherd University with a BA in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. Additionally, she earned graduate credits in special education, foreign language instruction and gifted education.

She has over 16 years of diverse teaching experience in private and public education. By using songs, rhymes, and movement, she has taught Spanish to students from first grade through high school. She serves as a tutor for a local homeschool co-op. Kate believes that all students can learn a foreign language, and it is her passion to encourage students to utilize these gifts for God's kingdom.

Her Spanish fluency is especially valuable on mission trips abroad. She enjoys translating for team members and connecting with the locals. When called upon, she interprets sermons for speakers during church services. Her travels have taken her to places such as Uruguay, Mexico, Spain, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

Kate resides in Virginia, where she homeschools her four children. She enjoys a creamy cup of coffee and date night adventures with her husband.

This is her second year teaching for the Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Silvia Petit

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Silvia Petit

BA, Central American Theological Seminary

Silvia is a native Spanish speaker, born in Guatemala, Central America.  She lived in Mexico for 5 years and has traveled to El Salvador, Peru, and Spain. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from The Central American Theological Seminary. 

Silvia came to the U.S. in 2000 as a missionary to work at Salem Evangelical Free Church in Staten Island, New York. A few years later, she met her husband, Greg. Her husband’s job led them to Wichita, Kansas, in 2007, where they currently reside with their two children.  Silvia enjoyed homeschooling their children, Erika and Andrew, from 2008-2016. 

Silvia loves the freedom that homeschooling has to teach all subjects from a Christian worldview!  She has enjoyed the opportunity to encourage and support homeschooling families with her knowledge and teaching gifts and takes great pleasure in teaching people of all ages to speak her native tongue. Silvia has been tutoring and teaching Spanish in several homeschool co-ops in the greater Wichita areas since 2010. She is very excited for the opportunity to share her gifts and experience with many more students now through HSLDA Online Academy.

Classroom Teacher:  Sara Lagos-Hall

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Sara Lagos-Hall

BS, Liberty University

Sara Lagos-Hall was born in Honduras, a small country in Central America. She moved to the United States when she was entering middle school. Spanish is her native language, and it was her primary mode of communication in Miami, where she lived for about 10 years among people from all over Latin America.

Mrs. Hall has a BS degree from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Professional Writing, as well as learning Latin. She has been a home educator for 18 years. Two of her children have already graduated college, and the younger two are still homeschooling for high school. She has taught Spanish in a variety of settings—church, private school, and homeschool co-op classes—and currently teaches classes for homeschoolers near her home in north Georgia.

Mrs. Hall looks forward to sharing her love for language with her students. Additionally, she desires to inspire her students to become bilingual because this can open the door to fulfilling the Great Commission: “to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptizing and teaching them.”

Classroom Teacher:  Alyssa Downs

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Alyssa Downs

MA, Appalachian State University
BA, Appalachian State University

Alyssa Downs earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Master of Arts in Romance Languages at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She began studying Spanish in high school and quickly became fascinated by the language and the opportunity to communicate with Spanish speakers both locally and globally. During college, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Alyssa taught and tutored Spanish at a community college in North Carolina for four years before moving to Pennsylvania this past June. She became interested in serving the homeschool community after marrying a homeschool graduate (her husband, Patrick) five years ago and getting to know many inspiring homeschool families at church.

Besides teaching, she loves to go hiking and paddle boarding with her husband.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 9th grade level and up.
Tuition: $495 for HSLDA Members/$545 for non-HSLDA Members. 

Description: Spanish 1 is a full-year course that gives students an introduction to the Spanish language, builds confidence in its use, and develops fluency and basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Spanish language. Students will learn how to read Bible verses and listen to Christian worship songs in Spanish!
Watch a short introduction from Course Developer Eric Arthurton.

Spanish 1 — Live Online Class Session Schedule, 2017–18

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays AND Thursdays,
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Eastern
Mr. Eric Arthurton
Section 2
Closed – Section is Full
Mondays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Kristen Davis
Section 3
Closed – Section is Full
Mondays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Mr. Daouda Traore
Section 4
Closed – Section is Full
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. –
3:30 p.m. Eastern
Mrs. Kate Blevins 
Section 5
Closed – Section is Full
Thursdays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern Ms. Alyssa Downs
Section 6
Closed – Section is Full
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 
2:30 p.m. Eastern
Mrs. Silvia Petit
Section 7
Mondays, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Mrs. Sara Hall
Students will be allowed to change class sections free of charge until the start date of the course, as class size permits.  If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spanish 1


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  • Am I ready to take Spanish 1?

    Students do not need previous Spanish or foreign language experience to be successful in Spanish 1. Students should be able to read and write at a 9th grade level.

    Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What topics will I learn about in Spanish 1?

    Spanish 1 is a full-year course that gives students an introduction to the Spanish language, builds confidence in its use, and develops fluency and basic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in the Spanish language.

    Students will be able to communicate orally in common social situations, understand speech on topics dealing with present, past and future situations, understand questions and directions, fulfill basic writing needs, understand simple texts, create a personal portfolio (with language goals, vocabulary, and conversation preparations), be accustomed to speaking with native speakers of Spanish, and have a basic structure upon which to build further study and experience in the language.

    To this aim, Spanish 1 is an introduction to Spanish pronunciation, accentuation, grammar, and spelling. It emphasizes important patterns of verb formation, both regular and irregular, in the present, past, future, and conditional, imperative, and subjunctive moods. It gives a few verbal forms at once in order to allow students to see patterns and gain mastery and confidence. Students will be able to discuss needs and wants, activities, verses and biblical passages, family, everyday life, and provide their testimony in order to share the gospel in Spanish.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with the listed Spanish 1 class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Spanish 1?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What is the tuition for Spanish 1?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!