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February 2021 - Patti Mansbach

Always with a smile on her face, Patti’s unending supply of enthusiasm and wry sense of humor render her a welcome addition to any class. Having started at Tierra in a Beginner 1 course, she’s shown incredible dedication to her studies and tenacity as she worked her way up through Tierra’s course levels (she’s now in Intermediate 6). Initially motivated to study Spanish in order to engage Spanish speakers in her work as a case manager, her genuine interest to expand her language skills and cultural knowledge led her to take solo trips to Argentina and Mexico. Patti possesses the humility that allows one to learn without fear of making mistakes, which invites others to also be willing to take risks and try new things in Spanish class. She is a fantastic collaborator with her classmates, contributing to creating a truly welcoming space where all are valued. We are delighted to have Patti as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to enjoy her company as she reaches for ever-higher goals.

Name: Patti Mansbach
Occupation: Case manager
Time Studying at Tierra: Nearly 3 years

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I enjoy learning languages and I thought learning Spanish would be beneficial for professional development. My occupation is a caseworker and I started learning Spanish so I could better work with some of my clients."

2) What is your favorite part about your experience here at Tierra?

"It is great that there are so many different levels you can take. I started at Beginner 1 and I’ve been able to work my up through the intermediate classes. I also really appreciate that the teachers create such a fun and supportive environment."

3) Can you tell us of a time you have been able to use what you have learned studying here?

"My classes at Tierra gave me enough confidence in my Spanish skills that I felt comfortable travelling to Argentina by myself in 2018 and took another solo trip in 2019, to Mexico. Having the ability to engage with the locals in their language made my travel experiences so much richer!"

¡Felicidades Patti!