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TEC Student of the Month Award

December 2017 - Marcia Darm

With an enthusiastic and even-keeled attitude, Marcia is tenacious in her study of the Spanish language, never afraid to explore new, complex structures. An avid traveller who has a special love for Africa and has enjoyed trips around the Americas, her desire to understand different cultural realities and have authentic exchanges with locals is one factor that stimulates her dedication to learning Spanish. Naturally vivacious and friendly, she helps build the camaraderie that creates a uniquely welcoming learning environment at Tierra. It’s been wonderful to watch Marcia make significant progress in her time at Tierra so far, and we look forward to continuing to see her sharpen her skills and test them out near and far!

October 2017 - Noah Greenwald

With a great zest for learning and genuine interest in Latin American culture, Noah’s enthusiasm is contagious to all around him. An ecologist who is passionate about protecting endangered species, his desire to connect with the people he meets on trips to study the diverse species of Central and South America is central to his motivation to study Spanish. Having started at Tierra with private lessons together with his teenage son, Noah has progressed through our Beginner series and is now embarking on his intermediate studies with impressive dedication. It is a joy to observe Noah engage with the language so thoughtfully and we look forward to continuing to see him surpass his goals.
 

September 2017 - Pete Brainard


Inquisitive in nature, Pete’s endless thirst for knowledge leads him to weave his quest for cultural understanding with his Spanish studies. A global citizen without a doubt, he and his partner have spent the better part of a decade living between southern France and southern Spain. During his stints back in Portland and since their return a few years ago, he’s been impressively dedicated to his Spanish classes at Tierra. His contributions in class frequently bring nuances of meaning to light and stimulate discussion, enriching the experience for all. A motivated student who enjoys the challenge of reading fiction in Spanish, his generosity and kind heart endears him to classmates. We are proud to count Pete as a valued member of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to see him achieve his fluency goals!

July 2017 - Paula Oldfather

A committed student with an infectiously positive attitude, Paula brings her joy for learning to every class she attends. She began studying Spanish at Tierra in a Beginner 1 course nearly four years ago after retiring as a pediatric nurse. Since then, she’s been dedicated to her studies, a tenacious fighter up to the challenge of any obstacle put in her path. Motivated by her love of travel, Paula’s put her Spanish skills to use making connections with locals on trips to Mexico, Chile, and Spain. Currently enrolled in two intensive courses (which translates to 4 class sessions per week), her devotion to building her Spanish abilities is inspiring. Kind and generous, she is highly regarded by all her classmates and helps create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We are grateful to have Paula as part of our community and look forward to seeing her achieve her goals!

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