Kaixo, I'm Esther Ciganda.
Ready to demystify the Basque language so you can communicate with the locals, talk to your family members or understand this unique language isolate? Then you need me in your corner…
In addition to currently preparing students to take official Cambridge English exams and working with people in the Basque Diaspora to learn Basque, I'm the creator of BASQUE in Languages, and help Expats, people with Basque roots and language lovers to learn Basque in order to be able to use it. I'm currently also working on producing a podcast.
I've been teaching in the classroom for 21 years, and have decided to take on a new challenge and take my skills to the online scene. For 16 years, I taught high school Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, leadership and coached soccer and track in the United States. In 2013, I was given the World Language Teacher of the Year in Idaho, an amazing honor!
Since 2014, I´ve been teaching in Spain. This brought on a change of not only a new subject, English, but also teaching elementary students through adults. In 2015, I was also given the opportunity to start teaching Basque online to a group in California.
I'm also one of the leaders of the United States Federation of Pelota. I've been fortunate to not only play in several World Cups, but also serve as the Team Leader for Pelota Vasca in two Pan American Games.
As you've read, I'm experienced as a learner, a teacher, a coach, and a mentor. My passion is helping others to learn and enjoy learning so that they can use what they learn.
When not working hard to develop lessons or to interview people, you can find me taking breaks to go Basque in the sun, to work-out or play sports, to read books, to go on hikes, and Face-timing my two nieces. Basically, I hardly ever stop to breath except to meditate and practice gratitude.