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“It's never too late”
Bertha is from Guatemala and has been in the states for many years. She has a very large family in Guatemala and misses them very much. Bertha has been happily married for 23 years. She is a mother of three daughters ranging in ages 17-22. Her dog James is a very big part of her life and her favorite past time is cooking, especially Guatemalan food.
Now that Bertha has more time for herself, she currently attends ESL and computers at Montebello Community Adult School (MCAS). Her goals are to be able to speak English fluently because she feels communication is so important. She is also trying to improve her typing and computer skills. Bertha will likely continue with her studies and work toward earning her high school diploma with MCAS. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue her education regardless of her age and although she often finds it difficult, she continues to attend class and learn "little by little." She says, "it is never too late!"
"I teach to empower my students"
After graduating from Pepperdine University in 1994, Anthony moved to Italy to pursue an import and export business. As the saying goes, “One road leads to another,”
Anthony encountered an opportunity to teach English at an elementary school in small town in Brescia, Italy. From that new road, Anthony discovered his passion for teaching and continued to teach English for the British School and Business English for the chamber of commerce in Brescia. In 1997, Anthony returned to California and started his teaching career for Montebello Community Adult Schools at Ford Park Adult School. Although he has many dedicated years of teaching in the classroom as well as the development of many of the adult school’s educational technologies and digital learning lab, his greatest accomplishment is participating in the success of his students. Anthony says,” I discovered my passion for teaching by accident in pursuit of my personal legend; now, I teach to empower my students to realize their personal legends.”
This past summer Anthony reunited in Paris, France with his former student Alain Keyes who studied English at Montebello Adult School in 2003. Alain , who lives in France with his wife and two children, is a flight dispatcher at Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris, France which is one of the largest airports in Europe. Alain shared his appreciation of learning English and said that learning English at Montebello Adult School was instrumental to getting the flight dispatcher job.
It is stories like Alain that make Anthony De Lorenzo a proud teacher. Both Anthony (left) and Alain (right) are pictured above.