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March 12, 2014
Who was the best teacher you ever had?

If you are an immigrant, refugee, or other type of international, working hard to start a new life for yourself and your family in this country, your answer might well be, "My ESL teacher." Each week, Literacy Connexus trained ESL instructors impact more than 12,000 adult students. They teach language, citizenship, and a wide variety of practical and specialized skills, all the while serving as friend and cultural ambassador to men and women from all over the world.


Recently, a former ESL student received her own recognition as "Teacher of the Year" of Treasure Forest Elementary School. Mrs. Vivian Urrutia taught elementary school for seven years in Guatemala before moving to the Houston area with her family. She and her husband, Walter, and daughter-in-law, Jakelin, attended Martha McDade's Monday night level three classes in 2005.


Martha recalls Vivian's dream of returning to teaching, and how hard she worked to improve her English. The family would attend classes with Jakelin's new baby, and take turns walking him in the hall when he cried. Martha prepared Vivian to meet program requirements and helped her navigate toward a teaching certificate.  

Treasure Forest Elementary Students


Vivian recently reconnected with Martha to share her joy and her thanks. "I hope you feel proud to be the best teacher in the world," she wrote.


We are proud of Vivian. Congratulations to her and her family, and all who have encouraged her along the way. And, we echo her sentiment to Martha and to all of our TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) trained instructors. You are the best!

Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor   

Trivia Challenge 
1. Rooster beak adds flavor and color to main dishes of any nationality. You may be more familiar with the native, rather than American, translation of this food's name:


a) chimichurri


b) chow chow


c) pico de gallo


d) Tabasco  

2. Dickens' novels are available in virtually every world language.  Of reading Dickens, this individual once said,  "The wise thing to do is simply to skip the bosh and twaddle and vulgarity and untruth, and get the benefit out of the rest":  


a) C.S. Lewis


b) Eleanor Roosevelt


c) Mark Twain


d) Theodore Roosevelt 

3. Mise en place is a French cooking term that refers to:


a) a single-serving


b) prepping and setting out ingredients before starting to cook


c) setting a formal table


d) using a secret ingredient 

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