About the Founder

Leticia Smith is originally from Mexico City and has lived in Austin, TX since 1986. She received a BBA with a Minor in Marketing from Texas State University and an Accelerated Learning certificate from the University of Houston.

At the University’s Spanish Department, she worked as an Instructor's Assistant and acquired invaluable experience teaching and tutoring Spanish as a second language. In 1993, she started teaching children of all grades at several elementary schools. She soon discovered that her true vocation was to teach and inspire others to put joy into learning. In 1998, she left her teaching position to dedicate her time to the development of her award-winning program, Risas y Sonrisas Spanish for Kids.

Today, schools all over the country and around the world are following the Spanish teaching program she started many years ago. Risas y Sonrisas has won prestigious awards, and its accomplishments and successes have been cited in newspaper articles and broadcast media. Public, schools, private schools, homeschool groups, and tutoring businesses in the United States and around the world are enriching their Spanish-language classes with Risas y Sonrisas - "Laughter and Smiles."

Awards & Recognition

Time Warner Cable Education Award Winner

Greater Austin Business Awards 2009, Austin Chamber of Commerce

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Smart Book Award Winner

Academics' Choice AwardsTM 2014

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10 Best Educational Products

100 Best Award Winner

Dr. Toy Product Reviews and Awards

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Gold Award Winner

Family Review Center Awards

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