In a normal introductory about an exemplified student, one would read about the background of the pupil; where they were from, what their fondest memories as a child were; their family dynamics, how they came to be where they are today, etc. Olga Miranda Segura has been my student since I started teaching in the adult ESL program in November of 2019 and she is certainly worthy of all of the aforementioned criteria and much more. However, due to language barriers, I have only begun to scratch the surface on what a wonderful person this woman is, which is exactly the reason she is receiving this honor.
Olga has shown that core values such as dedication, compassion, perseverance, and commitment know no certain language. Not only has she come to my classes like clockwork, but she always arrives early to ensure that she is prepared for the upcoming lesson.
Recently, when our class doubled in size, Olga continued to arrive early and helped organize the classroom environment in preparation for the arriving students. Olga displays an abundant amount of dedication, willingness to learn, and a classroom cooperation attitude that allows the entire class to thrive. In many ways she has become the rock and foundation of our classroom. She is always the first to arrive and the first whose face I seek to find when preparing for class. Despite our language barrier, she has become someone whom I truly admire and cannot wait to get to know more.
Never let a language barrier hinder your thoughts on the kindness of other human beings. Olga is a prime example of this factual statement and I’ve no doubt that she will continue to change lives, just as she has mine.