Friday, February 26, 2010
Ms. Jennifer Garcia
Hola! Today we were in awe as we listened to the beautiful voice of Ms. Jennifer Garcia speaking to us in Spanish. Ms. Jennifer, Vanessa's Special Guest, moved to the USA from Columbia with her family when she was 6 years old. She learned English by being immersed in it at school! We reflected on how courageous she had to be at such a young age to move to a new country! She helped us realize that not only is the language different when you move to a new country! She had to adapt to new clothes, new food, new cultural norms and a new educational system! Ms. Jennifer is now an 11th grader. She is passionate about running track, participating in the Mock Trial team and spending time with her family! She has a beloved pet parrot named "Poncho". Ms. Jennifer wants to remember her culture and language from her home country. She and her family speak Spanish at home so they don't lose their native language. Ms. Jennifer shared the Colombian flag to the class and explained the symbolism of the colors of the flag to us. She was truly a special guest!