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TEC Student of the Month Award

Student of the Month

We at Tierra are continually inspired by our students' hard work and dedication to learn, and so to share their successes with you, we recognize one outstanding student each month with a "Student of the Month" award. With such diverse interests, projects, and reasons for studying Spanish, our students are the lifeblood of the school, transforming our center into a true community.

March 2018 - Joanne Rekow

With a wide smile and stellar attitude, Joanne's positive approach has buoyed her throughout her learning process. Having started in Beginner 3 over two years ago, she's been tenacious in her studies, consistently gracing her morning intensive classes and building Spanish skills that are now impressively strong. She is a caring classmate who forms close relationships with her fellow students, even traveling to Oaxaca with one of them! When she's not practicing her Spanish, Joanne enjoys making art as her hobby, including wood carving and painting, and is also an avid gardener and dedicated chicken keeper. We are proud to be witnesses to Joanne's hard work to pursue her Spanish goals, and look forward to continuing to see her inspiring progress.


February 2018 - Patrick Heath

An incredibly dedicated student with a deep interest in literature and culture, Patrick has truly made the most of Tierra’s literary and cultural immersion course offerings. His thoughtful reflections and contributions in class demonstrate a gift for analysis and nuanced understanding of the messages embedded in the novels, short stories, and films studied. His enthusiasm for literature, travel, and even grammar is infectious, as are his jovial sense of humor and naturally strong rapport with classmates. Usually arriving for class on his bicycle despite a notably busy professional life and whatever the weather, his commitment to his Spanish studies is impressive. We are so grateful to have Patrick as part of our community at Tierra and look forward to continuing to enjoy his company!

January 2018 - Tandra Schmidt

Tandra Schmidt


Naturally vivacious and seriously passionate about her Spanish studies, Tandra brings immense enthusiasm to any class she joins. A nurse practitioner who enjoys using her budding Spanish skills to get to know her Spanish-speaking patients, she is excited to expand her medical Spanish skills in Tierra’s Healthcare course this Winter Term. Also motivated by her love of travel, Tandra’s positive attitude and tenaciousness in her quest to achieve fluidity in Spanish are an inspiration. We look forward to continuing to hear her laugh and watch her Spanish skills bloom!



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