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TEC Student of the Month Award

July 2019 - Kit Goujon


With an unfailingly positive attitude and endless curiosity, Kit’s love of learning is plainly evident to anyone around her. After her first year as a student at Tierra she was forced to put her studies on hold due to illness. We were thrilled to have her back after her recovery and marveled at her drive and dedication. She has many motivations to learn Spanish including her innate thirst for knowledge, her family life (she’s married to a Spaniard), and her work as a veterinarian who cares for the pets of many Spanish-speaking families. Kit is an inspiration as someone who is undeterred by any obstacles she finds in her path and who prioritizes fostering kindness and empathy. We are honored to count Kit as an esteemed member of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to be awed by the fruits of her hard work.

 

June 2019 - Azure Akamay

An extraordinarily dedicated student whose passion for everything she does is inspiring, Azure has achieved great progress in her time at Tierra. Her strong interest in cultural learning has provided fuel in her quest to learn Spanish and she’s eagerly taken as many cultural immersion courses as she can. Through her thoughtful analysis of the topics being discussed, she brings depth and reflection to the classroom, enriching the experience for all present. In her work as a middle school teacher, Azure is able to harness her increased cultural awareness in order to better serve her students and transmit this consciousness to them. A kind and compassionate classmate, she often encourages others and helps make Tierra feel like a community.  We salute Azure and all educators who work so hard to give young people the tools and knowledge they need to thrive - we wish you all a wonderful Summer break!

May 2019 - Emily Ketola


With a sunny disposition and endless enthusiasm, Emily’s commitment to her Monday evening Spanish classes is extraordinary. She’s been steadfast, advancing through the levels with her favorite teacher Cecy, almost never missing a class, and has made gaining Spanish skills a high priority in her life. Her passion for learning has been kindled by love as she’s devoted to raising her son in a bilingual and bi-cultural home and connecting on a deeper level with her in-laws in Mexico. She also takes advantage of every opportunity to speak Spanish in her workplace where she's a clinic manager; her dedication to practicing her skills ensures she is always making progress. A kind and compassionate classmate, we are thrilled to have Emily as part of our community at Tierra and have no doubt that she will go far in her quest for fluency.

 

April 2019 - Diane Sayrizi

With an air of sweetness and good will, Diane is a delight to be around and brightens any class she’s in. Retired from her career as an arts and dance educator, she has that spark of curiosity characteristic of people who envision learning as a lifetime endeavor. She now harnesses this passion for learning and culture to work towards her goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. An enthusiastic traveler, she is motivated in part to be able to have authentic conversations with people she encounters on trips to Mexico and Latin America. Interested in many cultures, she is also busy exploring her own origins, learning Japanese and enjoying the flower arranging tradition “Ikebana”. One would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated student - she takes her Spanish studies seriously and is a warm and supportive classmate. We are grateful to have Diane in our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to see her abilities blossom.

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