I was born and raised in West Texas where you can see from horizon to horizon, everyone is friendly and helpful and where the red dirt creeps into every nook and cranny of everything. I was raised by extremely talented, artistic and resourceful parents who taught me how to see something not for what it is, but what it could be. I attribute all of my success to them. They were not rich people, but if it had not been for their amazing gifts and their need to always create something wonderful from very few resources, I would not be the teacher I am today.
From my elementary years I was surrounded by Spanish speakers and I begged everyone I could to teach me Spanish, but classes weren't offered until high school. I heard Spanish everywhere! It fascinated me that people could make such different sounds and understand each other, but I could not. So, I waited, very impatiently I might add, until the end of my 8th grade year to write Spanish down as my first choice in my course selection. I remember clearly getting to pick my Spanish name, who sat next to me and the smoker's voice of my first Spanish teacher, Mrs. McMahon. I was the kid in the class who was writing down words she looked up in the dictionary and conjugated verbs even when I did not have to! Obviously, I am a complete Spanish nerd!
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