Katie Moras is Savage Chamber’s Business Person of the Year!

KatieMoras 2016-0109 cropWe are so proud to announce that Katie Moras, owner of El Bosque Encantado, has been recognized as the Savage, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year! Chosen by a committee, the nominee must show interest or involvement in improving the business community and community affairs, and be successful in their field.

“It was clear that Katie was an obvious choice for this year’s award. It has been fun to watch her open her doors and grow her business,” Anne Masis, president of the Savage Chamber of Commerce, wrote in an email to the Savage Pacer. “We were there for her ribbon cutting at the grand opening of El Bosque Encantado in 2013, and have watched her school grow. It’s obvious that she is passionate about her business, but she is also passionate about the students, the teachers, and the community.

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¡Hola! Andrés Moras

MorasFamily Andreas 0374Katie and her husband Jim have long wanted to add to their family by adopting. They contacted FANA, an orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, through Minnesota Friends of FANA, and by April 2014, they received the call they’d been waiting for.

In September 2014, Jim, Katie and kids Courtney and Cody travelled to Colombia to meet 1½ -year-old Andrés Felipe, spending over a month there. After the rest of the family returned to Minnesota, Katie stayed on to complete the process, finally arriving back home with Andrés on Thanksgiving (and Jim’s birthday!)

Since the family speaks Spanish, Andrés’ transition to life in Minnesota has been a smooth one. Katie says, "Andrés is fun-loving, social and kisses freely…he fits right in and it feels like he has been with us forever!"

EBE Director Katie Moras travels to Peru, adopting local club as 'sister school'

AmanacerKidsClub PeruKatie Moras of Savage, owner and director of El Bosque Encantado Spanish Immersion Early Learning Center, will be traveling to Peru with her husband and others on Feb. 19.

She is planning to start a youth soccer league and adopt a local kids club as a “sister school” to El Bosque Encantado.

Moras’ husband, Jim, has traveled to Peru the last two years as part of mission trips with River Valley Church in Savage. While there, Jim and local business owner Jason Kerr met a man named Osmar who runs Amanecer, a club for kids in Iquitos who otherwise might have little else to occupy their days.

Amanecer, which works with children from birth to 17 years old, feeds the kids a hot meal each day and provides a half day of education on Wednesdays and Sundays.

In addition to basic items for the group, they are starting an organized youth soccer league to get them involved.

Read the entire story in this Savage Pacer article.


EBE school 03If you are looking for early Spanish education for your child, look no further! We are enrolling for spring, summer and fall.

Spots are filling up quickly so contact us for a tour.