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June 2020 - Anna Zeigler

An immensely enthusiastic student who has a great love of language and learning, Anna’s dedication to her Spanish studies has yielded many fruits. Having started three years ago knowing only the present tense, she has since studied about every grammar structure that there is in her twice-weekly classes and honed her skills to become an Advanced Spanish speaker. A retired nurse, Anna is deeply committed to social justice and immigrant rights, and has been able to harness her blossoming Spanish skills in several community organizations she volunteers with. A model of kindness and compassion, Anna’s delight in her classmates and profound concern for the moral integrity of our society have a wonderful impact on those who accompany her on this learning journey. We are honored to count Anna as part of our community at Tierra and stand with her in the fight for truth and justice.

Name: Anna Zeigler
Occupation: Retired Nurse
Time Studying at Tierra: Three years

1) Why are you studying Spanish?

"I started to study Spanish seriously in the mid 90‘s, thinking it would be useful in my work as a nurse. What I had not expected was the windows it would open into so many different cultures and countries. My world has become much larger and richer, and at this point I can’t really imagine NOT studying Spanish."

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

"I love the opportunity to study in small groups where it is impossible to hide in the back of the class. Classes are cooperative and non competitive, and there are no tests! While I have focused on grammar and conversation, I look forward to delving into some of the many offerings focused on culture and literature. I also appreciate the chance to periodically gather socially over food, and look forward to seeing you again in person después de la cuarentena."

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

"Knowing some Spanish was definitely helpful at work, particularly when interpreters were in high demand (though I always made sure they checked my work!). While I still am far from fluent, it has allowed me to develop deeper relationships with people at my church, in overseas travel, and in my volunteer involvement, which has included working with the Immigrant Welcoming Congregation and Sanctuary Church of St Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church ( and with the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ, which is a coalition of faith based organizations and others working with the guidance of local groups led by community members directly affected by our current immigration policy. I am also involved with the Leaven Community Land and Housing Coalition, a group with ties to the Cully community ("

¡Felicidades Anna!