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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Special Guest In Class

I invited a former student who will begin her sophomore year of college next week to speak to my classes today.

Rocio is a Gates Millennium Scholarship Award winner.  Her first year (last year) was at Mercer University in Macon, GA.  She is transferring to Brandeis University this year.

I told Rocio's story last year, and I will abbreviate today.

Rocio's family moved from Michoacan, Mexico when Rocio was in 6th grade.  She spoke no English.  By the end of her 8th grade year (slightly less than a full 3 years of school), Rocio left our middle school with the highest GPA award in her class.  Kind of the Valedictorian of our school.

Her parents moved to provide better opportunities for themselves and their children.  Today, Rocio's family has 2 sons and 3 daughters in college.  There is a son in the 7th grade (one of my students this year) and a little sister in the 1st grade.

It is not just Rocio who is a success story, her family is a success story.  I wish she could tell her story to more people.  It really is amazing, and I will not overstep my bounds and share their struggles here.

Rocio is studying International Studies & Public Health with a minor in French. 

Rocio - the reason we teach.

Posted via email from Room 755

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