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TEC Student of the Month Award

April 2019 - Diane Sayrizi

With an air of sweetness and good will, Diane is a delight to be around and brightens any class she’s in. Retired from her career as an arts and dance educator, she has that spark of curiosity characteristic of people who envision learning as a lifetime endeavor. She now harnesses this passion for learning and culture to work towards her goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. An enthusiastic traveler, she is motivated in part to be able to have authentic conversations with people she encounters on trips to Mexico and Latin America. Interested in many cultures, she is also busy exploring her own origins, learning Japanese and enjoying the flower arranging tradition “Ikebana”. One would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated student - she takes her Spanish studies seriously and is a warm and supportive classmate. We are grateful to have Diane in our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to see her abilities blossom.

March 2019 - Mary Southwick Aguirre


With a deep desire to understand other cultures, Mary’s natural curiosity has fueled her journey toward fluency in Spanish. A long-time student at Tierra, Mary began her studies back in 2013, seeking to bolster her ability to communicate with her Spanish-speaking patients and their families in her work as an emergency room nurse. She also is motivated to be able to speak with her husband’s family, from Mexico. Since then her skills have flourished and she’s acquired an advanced level, enjoying several cultural immersion courses along the way. A dedicated student and kind classmate, Mary’s thoughtful contributions in class are truly appreciated. It’s been thrilling to witness the progress that Mary has achieved and we look forward to continuing to see her meet and surpass her goals.

 

January 2019 - Marianne Clinton


Since starting her studies at Tierra, Marianne has been a joyful presence in her Spanish classes, eager to expand her knowledge and build community. A family physician, she has long used her Spanish skills to help the many Spanish-speaking families in the clinic she works at to improve their health. Passionate about travel, she's also a great story-teller with many insights about language and culture. Her enthusiastic contributions in class help to create a highly interactive dynamic in which all students participate and enrich the learning environment. We're grateful to count Marianne as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to witness the process as she hones her skills and never stops learning.
 

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.

 

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