I developed and teach the online courses. I have a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota, have taught at Salolampi language-immersion summer camp and the Finnish School of Minnesota. I have been teaching Finnish for 5 years, and have a real passion for it! I lived in Finland for several years as an adult, including to complete my Master’s degree at the University of Jyväskylä. My specialty is with adult beginners, but I can work with all levels and ages.
I became involved with Suomi-koulu in 2016 and co-taught the Children’s Immersion class for many years. I am serving on Suomi-koulu’s board as Treasurer in addition to teaching and volunteering. I love the Finnish language and want to promote the knowledge of my native tongue and culture.
I have taught Finnish to adults now many years. I like to spice up the lessons with odd facts about Finland and Finnish culture with online media.
Course materials and basic grammar are drawn from the textbook Finnish for Foreigners.
Andreas participated in the parent-child class for many years, and joined the Board and began teaching the Children’s Immersion class in 2023.
My family joined Suomi-koulu in 2012, growing to a family of 3 kids. I teach the Parent-Baby class. I lead songs, fingerplays, stories, and sensory activities primarily in Finnish. We learn and play and share ways to integrate Finnish language and culture into home life.
Lotta is currently taking a break. For many years she has served in many different roles: as a teacher of the Adult Immersion class, Children’s Immersion class, and on the board, including as Board President, for many years. Her children and husband are also part of the Suomi-koulu community as students and volunteers. One of her hobbies is traditional Finnish weaving/fiber crafts.
Suomi-koulu has been close to my heart since the beginning as I am a founding member, teacher, and board member. I taught the children’s immersion class.