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Here is the Puentes team! We are a multi-cultural team of educators and care-givers. We currently represent 5 Spanish-speaking countries. All of our teachers are well-educated, with at least a 2-year degree in early childhood education or a related field. Our emphasis at Puentes is to provide the highest quality learning environment for your child - meaning a safe, loving, healthy environment for your child to learn everything they need to learn at this crucial age of their development. We ensure our team is up to that challenge! See staff bios.

Our Facilities

Puentes currently offers two facilities; Puentes Overland, located at 1605 S. Phillippi, and Puentes Gary Lane, located at 5890 N. Gary Lane. Both provide a safe and secure, fun and open atmosphere for early childhood learning.

Safe and Secure

At Puentes, we take your child's safety as a top priority. We ensure a check-in/check-out system so that your child may only leave our care with authorized adults. Both locations are in the process of implementing camera systems to ensure parents and staff feel safe and secure. Puentes Overland offers electronic door locks.

Fun, wholesome, natural environment

Childhood is about having fun and learning in the process! Outside, our facilities offer unique features to enhance play learning. We have wide open spaces with plenty of room to run and play outside. With play structures, large sandbox areas, lots of grass, and even dandelions and flowers to play with! We teach organic gardening and encourage children to find their green thumb!

Inside, we provide a dynamic, play-centered learning environment. With centers for sciences, math, arts, reading, to encourage your child to explore their strengths and develop them.

Puentes Management

Trudy McGavin is co-owner and Director. She has her B.S. in Math/Spanish Secondary Education, and M.S. in Bilingual Education, is certified to teach Math and Spanish in Idaho secondary schools 7-12, has taught foreign language methods classes at the university level; has more than 25 years of teaching experience and develops the curriculum for Puentes Language Programs. She has near native fluency in Spanish for more than 35 years. (see bio page)
  • Member of National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)
  • Member of National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Founding President of the Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation
  • Founding member and former Executive Board member for the Idaho Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC).Press Release
Maestra Claudia began working for Puentes while she was finishing her M.Ed. in Bilingual Education from BSU. She has worked for Puentes as a preschool, kindergarten, after school program, and adult class teacher. Currently she is the assistant manager at the Gary Lane location. She brings a lot of management skills through her prior educational and work experience. (see bio page)

Scot McGavin is co-owner and the wearer of many hats. He has his B.S. in Computer Information Systems and his M.S. in Instructional and Performance Technology. Scot has been speaking Spanish for more than 20 years and teaching it for more than 15.

In 2004, when Scot and Trudy started Puentes, they both taught both children and adults, however, in recent years, Scot has resumed his career in IT. Currently a technologist by day, Scot works outside of Puentes during the normal workday. Evenings and weekends, however, Scot teaches Adult Spanish Classes, and provides all computer and technology services for Puentes including the website (so if it needs work, let us know!). In addition to technology, Scot provides for other services and repairs, and fixing as needed. Scot and Trudy jointly manage Puentes. (see bio page)

More About Us

Native Countries

Mexico
Nicaragua
Colombia
Honduras
United States

Highest Education Level

Masters
Bachelors
Associates or equivalent (2 yr)
Highschool or equivalent
Less than Highschool
Our Schools

Puentes Overland

Puentes Language Programs and Spanish Preschool
1605 S. Phillippi
Boise, Idaho 83705
Phone: (208) 344-4270
email: puentes2004@msn.com

Puentes Gary Lane

Puentes Language Programs and Spanish Preschool
5890 Gary Lane
Boise, Idaho 83714
Phone: (208) 344-4270
email: puentes2004@msn.com

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