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TEC Student of the Month Award

February 2017 - Tatyana Dembrow


Genuine and kind, Tatyana infuses the classroom with positive energy. Having started in our Beginner 1 class just one year ago, she’s taken on learning Spanish with dedicated fervor and clearly relishes the learning process. A family nurse practitioner, her desire to best serve her patients was part of the inspiration to set out on the journey to learn Spanish. Another of Tatyana’s passions is Africa: she discovered her interest in public health while studying abroad in Dakar Senegal and working in a neighborhood health clinic. Her family helped found the Cascade Festival of African Films, now in it’s 27th year, and she currently serves as its volunteer coordinator. The festival  is running now through March 4th, check out the amazing program! We’re thrilled to have Tatyana as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to see the fruits of her hard work!

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!

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