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TEC Student of the Month Award

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.

March 2019 - Mary Southwick Aguirre


With a deep desire to understand other cultures, Mary’s natural curiosity has fueled her journey toward fluency in Spanish. A long-time student at Tierra, Mary began her studies back in 2013, seeking to bolster her ability to communicate with her Spanish-speaking patients and their families in her work as an emergency room nurse. She also is motivated to be able to speak with her husband’s family, from Mexico. Since then her skills have flourished and she’s acquired an advanced level, enjoying several cultural immersion courses along the way. A dedicated student and kind classmate, Mary’s thoughtful contributions in class are truly appreciated. It’s been thrilling to witness the progress that Mary has achieved and we look forward to continuing to see her meet and surpass her goals.

 

January 2019 - Marianne Clinton


Since starting her studies at Tierra, Marianne has been a joyful presence in her Spanish classes, eager to expand her knowledge and build community. A family physician, she has long used her Spanish skills to help the many Spanish-speaking families in the clinic she works at to improve their health. Passionate about travel, she's also a great story-teller with many insights about language and culture. Her enthusiastic contributions in class help to create a highly interactive dynamic in which all students participate and enrich the learning environment. We're grateful to count Marianne as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to witness the process as she hones her skills and never stops learning.
 

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