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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.

September 2018 - Gissel García


Brimming with passion and enthusiasm, Gissel’s natural charisma injects positive energy into any class she joins. Of Mexican-American heritage, she was motivated to take classes to be able to connect with Spanish-speaking family and friends on a deeper level. Enrolling in both a morning intensive and evening once-weekly course simultaneously, she’s taken on polishing her advanced Spanish skills as a serious priority and is inspired to refine her vocabulary and use of Spanish structures. Currently working on creating a health and wellness blog, she has begun writing content in Spanish and plans to make her website fully bilingual. We’re delighted Gissel happened upon Tierra and graces us with her presence, we look forward to seeing where her projects take her!

 

August 2018 - Sheila Bob

Two summers ago Sheila and her partner Kathy decided to take advantage of their free time in retirement and embark on a Spanish-learning journey at Tierra, and they’ve been continuing ever since. As she gained the skills necessary to engage in conversation, Sheila’s outgoing, gregarious personality shined through and she began to stimulate discussion on many interesting topics in her classes. Naturally friendly and unhindered by shyness, she delights in interacting in Spanish, whether it be with her classmates, the locals she meets in annual kayaking trips in Mexico, or members of the Spanish-speaking community she encounters around Portland. A truly dedicated student, she’s begun taking concurrent morning and evening courses, to get the most practice possible and make sure she’s solidifying her skills. We’re grateful to count Sheila as part of our community at Tierra, and look forward to continuing to see her sprint towards fluency.
 

July 2018 - Beth Parmenter


Few students approach learning Spanish with as much joyful determination as Beth. Since starting her studies at Tierra a year and a half ago, she’s been utterly committed to her morning classes, sometimes enrolling in two intensive courses at once and so coming four times a week to build her Spanish skills. With a naturally sunny outlook, she’s met every challenge she’s come across with sensible optimism and has worked incredibly hard outside the classroom to achieve dramatic progress. Motivated to learn Spanish by her desire to volunteer to help farm workers and to have authentic interactions when traveling, her genuine interest shines through in the classroom. Warm and sociable, she is a wonderful classmate whose positive attitude and delight in learning are contagious. We are honored to have Beth as part of our student community and excited to continue to see her continue to reap the benefits of her hard work.
 

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