Lena Sisson

Lena Sisson
Lingua Natal Founder & Principal

Welcome to our Lingua Natal family of schools. Our mission began in San Diego, California back in 1993 and that mission has never changed. “Provide children with the opportunity to expand their world in the 21st century and provide an engaging, vigorous, and yet gentle and loving environment conducive to the development of happy, healthy minds and hearts and inspiring a new generation dedicated to the betterment of the world and the bringing about of cooperation and friendship among its people.”

We have remained true to our purpose throughout more than twenty-three years of operation and will continue to strive to educate children who will be able to communicate “heart-to-heart” in our own multi-cultural, multi-ethnical community of the U.S. as well as the world community of tomorrow.

America will depend upon these future ambassadors of goodwill and it will remain our goal to prepare creative, healthy, bright, and productive individuals who are capable of interpersonal, inter-social, and inter-cultural exchanges that will result in positive growth in our communities and also in the world community at large.

With warm regards,

Lena Sisson
Lingua Natal Founder & Principal


“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

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June 1993

KidSchool was born. KidSchool rented 500 square feet on Bonita Rd. Lena taught French and Spanish to preschoolers 3 to 5. Lena also started an English Summer Camp for youth Spanish speakers on vacation in San Diego that lasted through 2000. Many youth specifically came to San Diego to participate in our English Summer Camp. We taught youth between the ages of 8 and 16.

September 1993

Lena started after school language programs in Spanish and French for 5 -7 years.

November 1993

Channel 10 News Interview

KidSchool preschool program was featured on the Channel 10 evening news with interviews.

January 1994

KidSchool moved to a 2,000 square feet location.


German was taught to children ages 5-7 and 8-12.


KidSchool took its English as a second language program to Tijuana and taught children in a Montessori Nursery school.

Summer 1997

KidSchool purchased a property in old Bonita and in the summer of 1997 opened its multi-lingual International School. Preschoolers received Spanish and Pre-K students had the option of just Spanish or French and Spanish.


Italian was taught to children ages 5-7 and 8-12. It was the third language that was picked by the majority of our children who had grown up with Spanish and then had added French to their curriculum.


Japanese was taught at KidSchool.


The District of Coronado invited KidSchool to take its Spanish program to their schools.


KidSchool brought French to La Costa Meadows Elementary in San Marcos, California.


Children’s School in La Jolla hosted KidSchool programs for the community on its site.


KidSchool ran its own center in downtown La Jolla and started teaching children as young as two years. This was the birth of our Doves Program.

June 2000

KidSchool held its summer camp in French and Spanish in Solana Beach – Solana Beach Presbytarian Church hosted the program for the community.

September 2000

KidSchool opened its doors in Solana Beach and closed all its programs south of Solana Beach due to the owner’s health reasons.

September 2002

KidSchool expanded its facility to a 2,500 square feet in Solana Beach.


KidSchool was invited to teach its programs at the site of two schools in Solana Beach District.


KidSchool was invited to teach its programs at the site of the Encinitas Union School District Schools.


KidSchool taught its programs at the site of two schools in Del Mar School District.


KidSchool was invited to participate in a Pilot bilingual program for the kindergarteners at the site of Encinitas Heights.


KidSchool name was changed to Lingua Natal.


Lingua Natal was invited to participate in a Pilot language program at Ocean Knolls Elementary.

Summer 2013

Lingua Natal hosted a large Summer Camp in Spanish and French in Encinitas.


Origin Consulting (Lena) helped shape the curriculum of a bilingual preschool that started in Three Rivers California as well as training a teacher in Paris to teach English to toddlers and preschoolers.


Lingua Natal brought its programs to Encinitas and taught its preschool program and programs for 5-7 and 8-12 years at the site of various schools/children’s programs.

June 2014

Lingua Natal opened its doors at 1104 Garden View Rd, Encinitas.

April 2016

Lingua Natal franchises.

December 2016

Lingua Natal Schools, a nonprofit, public Charity is born; its mission is to create the opportunity for children of all backgrounds and economic status to be immersed in Lingua Natal multi-lingual holistic curricula.

December 2018

Lingua Natal International School starts (Nursery through 6th grade).

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