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TEC Student of the Month Award

December 2018 - Scott Shurtleff

A tremendously dedicated student, Scott’s unshakably positive attitude and endless curiosity are an inspiration. A passionate activist for immigrants’ and refugees’ rights, he finds great use for his Spanish skills in his volunteer work and is a voice for justice for our local immigrant community. Having started taking classes at Tierra as a high beginning student last fall, he’s been wholly committed to his classes and has made impressive progress, now possessing high intermediate skills. Always arriving by bike with a wide smile and buoyant energy, the kindness and support he bestows upon his classmates enrich the learning atmosphere for everyone. We’re grateful to count Scott as part of our community at Tierra and are honored to indirectly impact the lives of many through his good works.

 

October 2018 - Candice Rhodes

 

With a sunny disposition and endless enthusiasm for her Spanish studies, Candice’s presence brightens any class she joins. Her delightful sense of humor finds an outlet both during class in her playful attitude and in the creative and often hilarious compositions she comes up with for her homework assignments, fomenting feelings of camaraderie and inspiring her classmates to follow suit. Formerly a social worker, she’s now a culinary instructor who seizes the opportunity to use the Spanish she’s learning with native-speakers with whom she works and mingles. We’re thrilled to count Candice as a part of our community at Tierra and can’t wait to see how her passion for learning continues to cultivate her impressive progress.

 

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.
 

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