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TEC Student of the Month Award

October 2015 - Candace Jensen


Spunky and fun, Candace’s refreshing approach to life and language learning boosts the spirits of everyone around her. Her tremendous dedication and commitment have paid off as she’s taken leaps and bounds in her Spanish abilities in under two years. Having completed her university studies in German, Candace’s appreciation of language and culture runs deep and she relishes opportunities to attend concerts, plays, and other cultural events in Spanish. The versatility she’s gained by wearing many hats in her professional life and exploring a wide range of interests from gardening and vegan baking to playing the piano surely informs her supportive attitude as a classmate. We’re grateful to count Candace as part of our community at Tierra!

 

September 2015 - Shawn Barkdull

 

Through impressive devotion to her twice-weekly Spanish classes, Shawn has made astounding progress in under a year. Inspired to learn the language by her love of travel, crossing Spain from north to south fired up her passion to study Spanish and she's since enjoyed practicing her burgeoning skills on a trip to Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca. With a quick wit and kind heart, Shawn is a gem of student, helping to stimulate real, intelligent conversation in Spanish and create a supportive atmosphere where it's safe to make mistakes. We look forward to seeing Shawn continue to zoom toward fluency and explore all the foreign lands she can dream of.

August 2015 - Mary Ellen Hamilton

With joyful determination, Mary Ellen has transformed herself into a Spanish speaker in just under two years! Having started out in our Beginner 1 course, her incredible drive has fueled her swift progress which is an inspiration to classmates and instructors alike. Her passion for learning is contagious, as is her kindness, generosity, and infinite patience, attributes which help to create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere in any class she joins. Since beginning her studies, she’s had the opportunity to travel to Spain and Mexico and to volunteer in Nicaragua, milking her experiences abroad to the fullest in her pursuit of authentic connection and deep cultural understanding. We are grateful for Mary Ellen’s continued dedication to her Spanish learning journey and look forward to continuing to watch her achieve her lofty goals.

July 2015 - Yu-Jen Tai

Brimming with enthusiasm, Yu-Jen is the picture of a dedicated student whose extraordinary effort pays off with great progress. Originally from Taiwan, she is a true polyglot: along with her native language of Mandarin Chinese, Yu-Jen speaks Cantonese, Taiwanese, English, and now, Spanish! A genuine love of languages has fueled this impressive language acquisition and her organized, methodical nature has paved the road to her success. With a warm smile and great sense of humor, she is a kind and supportive classmate who sets a cheerful mood in any class she’s in. We’re certain that with her stellar study skills and desire to communicate with native speakers, Yu-Jen will achieve great heights in her Spanish learning pursuits and we are delighted to have her as part of our community. Click here for a profile on this exemplary student.

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