Kim has a passion for language learning and teaching, cultural exchanges, and international travel. After moving to New York from Paraguay and teaching high school Spanish she started Las Mariposas Spanish School when her children were three and four years old. What was meant to be a brief hiatus from teaching public school became Las Mariposas Spanish School and then Capital Region Language Center. Las Mariposas was started in 2003.
Kim started her ESL teaching career in the inner city in Washington DC and then taught in a bilingual and ESL math and science program in a San Francisco public middle school. The desire to teach abroad brought her and Chris, her husband-to-be, to Paraguay for four years.
Mango Tree Imports, a fair trade retail store in Saratoga Springs started by the Andersens, was another connection to the global community. Mango Tree was open for 13 years and allowed the family to stay connected to Paraguay and other parts of the world where Chris has lived. The Andersens have continued their global reach while being based in a small community.
Circling back to her English as a Second Language (ESL) roots Kim, opened Empire State English in 2012. Empire State English current serves the adult ESL community in and around Albany. Empire State English is licensed by the NYS Education Department, accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, and certified to issue the I-20 for its intensive English program by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).Go Back