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TEC Student of the Month Award

January 2017 - Lynn Thompson

Lynn Thompson
Lynn's impressive dedication to her Spanish studies stems from her wholehearted passion for social justice which has guided her career and life for decades. With a background in social work, she is a dynamic leader who has directed many organizations that serve women and children, including family crisis centers and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Deeply interested in culture, literature, travel and history, her contributions to group conversations are thoughtful and highly stimulating. Lynn truly enjoys the process of learning Spanish, unbridled by worries of making mistakes, and builds strong relationships with her classmates and instructors. We are honored to count Lynn as part of our community at Tierra, and proud of the great work she does!

December 2016 - Liz Johnston


Bursting with enthusiasm for learning Spanish, Liz arrives for her classes with arms waving, a wide smile, and a cheery “¡Hola!”. Genuine and kind, she makes a pointed effort to get to know and practice with all of her classmates, warmly contributing to the feeling of camaraderie fomented in small-group classes. She’s hardworking and tenacious, never giving up as she rides the waves of feeling excited and challenged in the learning process. Joining us for our community fiestas, Liz quickly integrated herself as part of the Tierra community and is always eager to lend a helping hand. We’re grateful to have Liz as a dedicated Tierra student, and look forward to continuing to see her jump the hurdles of building Spanish skills!

 

October 2016 - Laura Graser


With great focus and commitment, Laura has built up her Spanish skills and taken advantage of every opportunity to delve into cultural learning in her two years studying at Tierra. A lawyer by profession, her desire to best serve and understand her Spanish-speaking clients was one impetus for her to pursue a higher level of proficiency in Spanish. Also inspired by her fondness of travel and eagerness to have authentic exchanges with locals, in her most recent adventure abroad this summer she spent several weeks studying Spanish in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. A highly motivated student with a quenchless appetite for reading in Spanish, she has no fear of the limits of her own understanding and pushes towards ever-deeper comprehension. We're thankful to have Laura as part of our community at Tierra, and look forward to seeing where her quest for fluency takes her!

September 2016 - Phuong Nguyen


A stellar student who stands out for her drive and commitment, Phuong is motivated to learn Spanish by a love of languages and desire to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients in her job as clinical manager. Hailing from Vietnam, she brings a unique perspective and experience as a seasoned language-learner which enrich the class as whole. A kind and supportive classmate, her cheery attitude and ever-present laughter inject the classroom with positive energy. As she uses Spanish frequently in her workplace to establish a positive relationship with patients, she studiously pursues expanding her Spanish knowledge in class. We’re so glad to count Phuong as part of our community at Tierra, and look forward to continuing to see her skills bloom!

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