By Anyssa Bohanan
Central Oregon Daily
When Senora Ana Wright moved to the United States with her family from Oaxaca, Mexico 25 years ago, she couldn’t speak a single word of English.
Today, she’s an educator who’s been teaching in the Bend-La Pine School District for nearly a decade.
“I’ve been working for Bend La Pine for seven years as an education assistant,” Wright said. “I get small groups, so it’s only six kids at a time and I teach all the way from Kindergarten to fifth grade in small groups.”
Her favorite part of the job?
“Learning along with my students because as they experience a new year in their life, I also experience a new year as a teacher and getting to know them is part of teaching,” she said. “And learning from them because they teach you different things every day.”
After years of being an education assistant, Wright says her students inspired her to return to school and become a full time teacher.
“Working for seven years in this program in small groups kind of gave me the idea that what I want to do is have my own classroom and teach one grade and teach my language from the begining all the way to do,” she said.
For two years Wright balanced going to school with teaching school and became the first person in her family to graduate from college.
She also achieved her dream of returning to Bear Creek Elementary as a full time teacher this year, teaching first graders in the school’s Dual Immersion Program.
“A lot of students that come to this school, they’re a part of me and I can show them that they can do more things. I want to be a model for them that they can reach their dreams starting from going to school and learning another language.”