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Staff Spotlight: Graciela Gonzalez

Yoloczitlali Perez, Staff Writer

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From living in a tiny room with no running water to being able to travel the world, Spanish teacher Graciela Gonzalez was able to change her life after a sometimes tough childhood.

Gonzalez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Tijuana. At the age of 11, Gonzalez moved to the U.S., where she lived in Santa Ana. She attended local Santa Ana schools: Diamond Elementary, Carr Intermediate, and Valley High School.

Gonzalez’s early school life was no piece of cake. Since she moved from Mexico to the U.S. at the end of her elementary education, she was not a natural English speaker. She was finally able to completely grasp the English language during her high school years.

But the language gap was not her only struggle. In 7th grade, Gonzalez began to work at The American Hospital Supply Factory. She worked the job until high school.

After high school, Gonzalez attended Santa Ana College for two years and then transferred CSU Fullerton, where she obtained her bachelor’s, teaching credentials and masters in Spanish literature and linguistics.

Gonzalez recalls that she always wanted to be a teacher. She used to be an substitute instructional assistant in Santa Ana elementary schools. Gonzalez believed she liked to teach elementary school, but one day she was accidentally sent to Valley High School, where she remembers thinking “now this is heaven.” From that day on, she only taught high school.

Today, Gonzalez is now able to travel to Latin America and Europe.

Gonzalez would like to add this quote “Vida, nada me debes vida nada te debo vida estamos en paz. (Translation: Life, you owe me nothing. Life I owe you nothing. Life we are at peace.)”

 

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4 Responses to “Staff Spotlight: Graciela Gonzalez”

  1. R. Morgan on March 30th, 2018 8:22 am

    I really like the quote at the end. Being at peace with life will lower your stress. She is an awesome teacher and maybe someday she will teach me Spanish

  2. Graciela González on April 11th, 2018 5:21 pm

    Muchas gracias R. Morgan!!

  3. Ivan Ortiz on March 30th, 2018 8:26 am

    Ms. Gonzalez’ life story should have an impact on whoever is reading it. Her story tells about how she went from nothing to being able to achieve her goals through hard work and dedication. This should be an example for any student at Godinez because it is a real-life example of someone who has persevered in life to try and be someone in life. She has completed the incredible and improbable task of going from not speaking English and having no running water, to being a teacher and being able to travel all over the world.

  4. Paola Guillen on March 30th, 2018 11:27 am

    Such an inspirational story ! The article inspires students to follow their dreams and go to college.

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