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Ms. Lauren Peralta, PeraltaL@district279.org

Language B

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

I graduated from Hopkins High School and then attended the University of Iowa where I received my BA in Spanish and my teaching degree.† I am currently continuing my education with on-going courses and plan to start my maters in the next few years. As far as my previous job experiences, I have always worked with students in tutoring and teaching since 2004.

When did you begin working at Park Center?

I started working at Park Center on November 1st (which happens to be my birthday) of 2010.

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students can learn if they put their mind to it and knowledge is power!

Why did you choose your profession?

Not to be clichť, but Iíve always wanted to teach (specifically young adults). I LOVE interacting with them every day, along with sharing my love and passion for not only teaching the Spanish language and culture, but also learning as well! I couldnít imagine myself anywhere else besides the classroom!

What is your favorite quote?

Iím a big fan of Ghandi!
Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Gandhi
If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didnít have it in the beginning. -~Gandhi

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

Room 336

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I thoroughly enjoy dancing, especially salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia and any other Hispanic-influenced dance (I am also the head dance team coach, which fits perfectly). I am also very artsy and enjoy doing crafts, reading for pleasure (when I have the time), specifically ethnographies, and traveling any chance I get (out of the country).† Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and pets (saltwater fish and Chico and Rico, my two chinchillas).

Advice for students going to college?

Study abroad! It is the most amazing, rewarding and life-changing experience youíll ever have!† In addition, make sure to be organized and on top of your work because unlike us as Park Center, college professors wonít track you down to find out why you werenít in class and give you the work you missed Ė thatís all on you!

Biggest pet peeve?

Giving up and not making an attempt to be successful.

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word

REWARDING!

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

I would be a translator or social worker so I could directly help the growing Hispanic population understand and adjust to life in MN and the U.S.