Language Outreach Program Grad Becomes Teacher
Thanya Castro, in her own words at a recent Language Outreach Graduation.
My name is Thanya Castro, and this is my second year teaching the Beginning Level for the Language Outreach Program. I first began coming here as a regular child to the Child Care area while both of my parents came to learn English. That was 13 years ago. As time went on, I went from being helped with my homework, to helping others with their homework for my Student Service Learning hours, to later becoming a Child Tutor and finally an English Teacher.
This program has helped me grow into who I am today, and that is a young Hispanic female who enjoys doing what she does, and that is teach. Although I go to school and have my full time job and I come running through the halls of Twinbrook Elementary to get to my class, my students always greet me with smiles and are energetic and ready to learn. Just that alone is motivation for me to get up in front of my class and get started. I know that all of you have your full time jobs and families to attend to and although some nights are easier than others to get to class and do the work and put your effort into learning, for those two hours, for two nights out of the week you are making an improvement and gaining confidence. Improving your vocabulary and understanding as well as the self-confidence to engage in a conversation outside of your classroom walls. Gaining the confidence to speak freely to your boss, manager, co-works, customers or friends.
I want you to know that I am proud of my students who strive to come back night after night, semester after semester eager to learn more, come into class with questions wanting to know the answers to what you saw or heard during your day. It is because of you, the students who have helped me to make my decision in what I want to do. And that is to teach English to those who have recently come to this country as a second language. Just as how you have motivated me into making my final decision, I want your motivation as students to continue strong. Continue to learn more and to not be afraid to ask questions, for asking questions is the only way to expand your knowledge.
And so with that being said I will leave you with a quote by Clay P. Bedford, who said “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.”