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TEC Student of the Month Award

June 2015 - Bethany Moreland

Bright-eyed and filled with enthusiasm, Bethany approaches learning the Spanish language with focus and delight. Having started out at Tierra in Beginner 1, she’s shown incredible dedication to pursuing her fluency goals. Inquisitive and thorough, Bethany always ensures she understands the material being taught and asks opportune questions which help the whole class digest the concepts studied.  In her work at a school for deaf children, she’s taken advantage of her new language skills to engage and get to know Spanish-speaking parents. Making swift progress, she demonstrates that having a great attitude and serious motivation are the true keys to success! We wish Bethany, as well as all local educators and youth, a very Happy Summer Break! Click here for a profile on this exemplary student.

May 2015 - Kurt Peterson


A diligent and motivated student who takes Spanish class seriously, Kurt has achieved impressive progress in his time studying at Tierra. His love of travel was the initial force that prompted him to improve his Spanish skills and he’s been found engaging the locals in conversation across Mexico and Spain. With his dry sense of humor, Kurt brings smiles and chuckles to the classroom while his highly analytical nature leads him to ask the questions on everyone’s mind. In his quest to push the limits of his own knowledge, he unearths fine grammar points and new perspectives on literary readings, making the classes he takes richer for all involved. We’re glad to count Kurt as part of our community at Tierra!

April 2015 - Deb Federici

Deb Federici
With a serious work ethic, generous heart, and playful sense of humor, Deb has made a big impression on Tierra instructors and on her classmates. She’s built her Spanish skills from square one with exceptional dedication, coupling her excellent attendance in class with several hours of weekly study at home. Kind and supportive, Deb seems to relish the community-building aspect of group classes and contributes to creating a safe place for learning and speaking imperfectly. She cheerfully takes advantage of every opportunity to practice, of late chatting up her co-workers at the produce market she manages and excitedly planning her upcoming trip to Costa Rica. We’re inspired by the way Deb makes everyone around her feel special and works hard to achieve her goals - we wish her happy travels! Click here for a profile on this explemplary student.

 

March 2015 - Shivani Seastone


The consummate student, Shivani’s incredible determination to learn Spanish has led her to make dramatic progress in under a year, starting at Beginner 1. Eager to advance quickly, Shivani has often opted to enroll in two simultaneous 10-week courses at Tierra - a feat she accomplishes with inspiring dedication. One of the most meticulous students we’ve met, she appreciates the fine details of grammar and organizes new structures studied into charts, demonstrating her notable perseverance. Shivani is a kind-hearted, generous person whose classmates are grateful for her presence and her penchant for sharing her other love (of baking) with them! We’re excited to continue to watch Shivani blossom and achieve her sky-high goals in Spanish fluency. Click here for a profile on this explemplary student.

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