Carmen: Polyglot

A person with medium light skin, short brown hair, glasses, and black shirt smiling at the camera.
Carmen. Faces of the Festival 2019. Steven Meckler photo

I wanted to be an interpreter for the United Nations or become a teacher of languages. I learned five languages at the University of Arizona: Spanish, English, Italian, French, and Portuguese. I’ve been a teacher for 45 years. Before I retired, I found a company that took students to Europe with teachers. If you got so many students to go, the teacher traveled for free, so I did that for eight years and was able to travel all around Europe. Even though I retired in 2011, I teach high school Spanish and folklórico at Pueblo High School. I don’t want to leave the folklórico classes because if I leave, the program is going to be gone. Every year I say, “This is my last year,” and then I don’t find anybody to take over, so I stay. I’ve been there for eight years.

-Carmen

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