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TEC Student of the Month Award

July 2016 - Frank Cappuccio

Since he began his studies in our Beginner 1 course last spring, Frank has stood out as an exceptional student, impressively dedicated to learning and wholeheartedly invested in his class and group. With a delightful sense of humor and infectiously positive attitude, Frank is a natural team cheerleader, helping to create a comfortable atmosphere and cultivate a sense of camaraderie. The significant amount of time he spends studying Spanish outside of class (which he never misses!) is evidenced by his highly developed compositions, brimming with new vocabulary and compelling anecdotes, and his remarkably quick command of new concepts covered. We’re grateful to have such a hard-working, enthusiastic student as Frank and look forward to seeing him continue to develop his skills and make his dreams of travel a reality!

June 2016 - Teresa Bulman


With a sharp sense of humor and extraordinary passion for learning, Teresa’s great enthusiasm easily rubs off on her classmates and instructors. Having started as a beginning student, she’s worked towards building her Spanish skills through both group classes and private lessons, sometimes simultaneously. A professor of geography, the subjects that most whet her interest include nature, climate, architecture, art, cuisine, and opera, and she’s taken advantage of her burgeoning skills to discuss all these and more in Spanish! A savvy world traveler, Teresa’s deep appreciation of the diversity of our planet and it’s cultures informs her nuanced approach to language learning. We’re honored to count Teresa as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to seeing her Spanish ability continue to blossom!

May 2016 - Peggy Reuler


With an easygoing and flexible attitude that is a real boon for learning a foreign language, Peggy helps create an especially convivial atmosphere in the twice-weekly group she’s continued in for a full year. Always early to class with a smile on her face and her detailed homework in hand, her preparedness has helped her make impressive progress. A retired educator who’s motivated in part by wanderlust and love of travel, a genuine interest in absorbing the cultural aspects of language is everpresent in her approach to learning. We’re grateful to count Peggy as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to finding out where this adventurous spirit will explore next as she continues to polish her Spanish skills!

April 2016 - Tom DeBeauchamp

 

A gem of a student, Tom’s amiable nature renders him a fantastic classmate who infuses the class environment with humor and camaraderie. Utterly dedicated to his studies, he’s almost never missed a class session in all of the courses he’s taken continuously since starting in January 2015. His wit and creativity shine in his written homework assignments, which are always highly original and entertaining. As concerned about his class as a whole as he is about his own learning, his open questions and conversation stimuli encourage everyone to actively participate. Taking advantage of every opportunity to engage with Spanish-speakers and use his blossoming skills, Tom exemplifies the great progress that can be achieved when studying a second language with gumption.

 

March 2016 - Daniel Morgan & Jess Youngberg

A couple whose dream of travel has motivated them to expand their Spanish skills, Daniel and Jess’ impressive dedication to their studies at Tierra has merited a double-nomination! Extremely diligent students, they both attend class with extraordinary consistency and make completing all assignments a high priority; they come to their respective classes ready to ask questions and build a solid understanding of the concepts studied.  As they aspire to spend a significant amount of time traveling and perhaps living in Latin America, their genuine interest motivates them to soak in cultural knowledge as they sharpen their language skills. We honor Jess and Daniel’s hard work and look forward to watching them turn their dreams into reality!

February 2016 - Eduardo McLean

 

A hard-working and focused student, Eduardo has achieved great success since beginning his studies at Tierra. Originally from Panama, he moved to the U.S. as a child and is now working to recuperate his first language, particularly so that he can communicate with the many members of his family who still live there. Often enrolling in two simultaneous once-weekly courses, Eduardo is a notably dedicated student who makes a great effort at every step along his learning journey. Patient and kind, Eduardo is a valued member of our community and we look forward to seeing him continue to remaster the language of his youth and deepen his connection with his family and heritage.
 

January 2016 - Marjorie Taylor


With her joyful, easy-going approach to learning Spanish, Marjorie is a case in point that attitude means everything when it comes to learning a foreign language. In the nearly two years that she's studied at Tierra, she's achieved great progress through her diligent dedication to her studies, willingness to take on challenges, and embrace of building skills one step at a time. Kind and encouraging, Marjorie's notable patience with herself and with her classmates inspires those who study with her to let go of the fear of making mistakes and enjoy the learning process to the fullest. As her main motivation is her eagerness to travel, we look forward to seeing Marjorie turn her dreams into reality and use her Spanish skills abroad!

 

December 2015 - Andrew Swan


With his affable nature and penchant for humor, Andrew’s participation in Spanish class helps to create a fun learning environment, full of laughter and camaraderie. A notably dedicated student, he began at Tierra in our Beginner Review & Practice level and, through serious commitment to his twice-weekly courses, has advanced to become a Higher Intermediate student in less than a year! Always present, always on time, and always extra-prepared, Andrew ekes time out of his busy schedule to take advantage of his Spanish studies to the fullest. With dreams of extended travel, we’re certain his impressive progress is only the beginning of a Spanish-learning journey that will take him far!

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