about us

Discover the "why" behind Bilingual Bridges

What is Bilingual Bridges?

Bilingual Bridges is on a mission to bring high-quality,  immersive, online instruction to the fingertips of language learners everywhere. Our doors were opened in 2017 by a small team of committed teachers who were frustrated by the continued lack of bilingual and second language resources in their schools. From teacher shortages and limited access to quality curriculum, to widespread insensitivity toward the needs of language learners – students were struggling to keep up. 

Today, the Bilingual Bridges team has expanded  across four continents, and has decades of combined experience teaching in elementary, secondary, and university classrooms. We work alongside schools, nonprofits, and families to deliver customized, online instruction to language learners of all ages. 

We now offer live, online classes in a variety of areas, including: ESL, Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin Chinese, reading, writing, math, and bilingual tutoring. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bilingual Bridges developed a one-of-a-kind blended learning program, called Cloud Learning, that caters to the language and academic needs of K-12 English and Spanish learners. Cloud Learning hosts 50+ self-paced ESL, Spanish, and bilingual academic courses, a bilingual read aloud library, and live, online classes. Through this combination, students are able to master academic skills in two languages, while further developing their second language skills.

kelly minks bilingual bridges

Meet Our Founder

Bilingual Bridges was founded in 2017 by an Alaskan bilingual teacher, Kelly Minks. She has 12 years of experience delivering in-person and online language and academic instruction, focusing on: English as a Second Language (ESL), Spanish, literacy, accent training, and bilingual education. Kelly has worked with students of all ages, from kindergarteners to retirees. Her passions for language, culture, social welfare, and education have led her to live, volunteer, and teach in: Argentina, South Korea, Vietnam, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, and India.

Kelly holds an M.Ed. in Bilingual Bicultural Education from DePaul University, US teaching licenses in Illinois and Indiana, and a CELTA teaching certificate. In addition to teaching in public and private schools, Kelly has led the development of English as a Second Language and dual language programs in diverse, urban school districts in Chicago and Indianapolis.

Get a free class by signing up for our Newsletter