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Ms. Val Neri, neriv@district279.org
Webpage: Spanish I, Webpage: Spanish II

Language B

Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

I graduated from Armstrong (yes, I am a Falcon!) and went on to St. Kate's and St. Mary's. I also spent a semester in Toledo, Spain at the Fundación Ortega y Gasset.

When did you begin working at Park Center?

I started as a long-term sub in February of 1990 and have never left.

Why did you choose your profession?

From seventh grade on I planned on being a nurse - that is even how I chose my classes in high school (no room for Spanish!) and my college. During my time at St. Kate's and abroad I had great teachers and loved learning Spanish. I put the two together and changed my major.

What is your favorite quote?

(These may or may not be the exact wordings.) "Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you are right." (Henry Ford) "You are only as happy as you make up your mind to be." (Abe Lincoln) "An individual can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?


Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I love to run!  I have run 13 marathons as of April 2013 and have completed races in seven different states so far.  Running is my stress release as well as my social time.  I feel stronger, healthier and more balanced when I am getting my runs in.  I also love to read and travel when I have the time.

Advice for students going to college?

Remember why you are there!

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word


If you were required to find a different job than what you are currently doing, what would you choose?