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TEC Student of the Month Award

Student of the Month

We at Tierra are continually inspired by our students' hard work and dedication to learn, and so to share their successes with you, we recognize one outstanding student each month with a "Student of the Month" award. With such diverse interests, projects, and reasons for studying Spanish, our students are the lifeblood of the school, transforming our center into a true community.

December 2019 - William Heerdt

Wholly committed to his twice-weekly morning class for the past two years, William, who goes by “Memo” around Tierra, is a gem of a student. Brimming with enthusiasm for learning Spanish, his skills have bloomed during his time studying with us and his steadfast perseverance has paid off. Having retired from his career as a project engineer, he dedicates a significant amount of time outside of class to his inquiry into the Spanish language. A genuinely warm and generous soul, Memo is a thoughtful and sensitive classmate who always seeks to take care of his compañeros. Passionate about effecting positive change, he is deeply concerned about climate change and dreams of using his Spanish skills to connect with hispanic communities and discover solutions together. We are grateful to count Memo as one of our valued students at Tierra and look forward to seeing where his hard work will take him!

 

October 2019 - Laura Pahlmeyer


Bursting with enthusiasm for learning Spanish, Laura has been wholly dedicated to her weekly Spanish classes since she became a student at Tierra two years ago!  To get more individualized support in honing her Spanish skills, she has also recently added private lessons into the mix of her studies. Warm and friendly with a great sense of humor, Laura tends to instigate laughter and connect with classmates, building community wherever she goes. A pharmacist who has the pleasure of working with many Spanish speaking families, being able to communicate with her patients in their native language is one motivation that inspires her to continue deepening in her studies. We’re thrilled to count Laura as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to watch her reach for the stars to achieve her goals!
 

September 2019 - Becky Burrell

A student who puts great effort into her Spanish studies, Becky has been extremely committed to her twice-weekly morning classes for over a year and a half. She arrives early, ready-to-go, brings kindness and laughter to the classroom, forms strong connections with her compañeros, and makes a significant investment of time studying on her own and completing class assignments with creativity and thoughtfulness.  A master gardener, a discussion with Becky often begets new plant vocabulary, and she is generous in sharing the bounty of her harvest with appreciative classmates. The same patience, curiosity, and inner strength that bring her great success in the garden inform her attitude as a student of Spanish - she is perseverant and at peace with her learning process, whatever challenges it may bring. We are delighted to have Becky as party of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to marvel at the fruits of her labor.

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