Spanish AP Students’ Interviews Connect Beyond the Classroom

Sr. Dominic Savio, OP and Spanish teacher Mrs. Claudia Vallejo listened to Sr. Ana González, O.P., with Albertus Magnus College Admissions in New Haven, CT, as the first guest speaker for interview sessions with Mrs. Vallejo’s Spanish AP students. Students asked her questions that were related to Sr. Ana’s life in the Dominican congregation, her culture, and her work. Born in Mexico, she came to New Orleans when she was a youth. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans. Sister Savio has known Sr. Ana since Sr. Ana was 16 years old.

Her interview was very useful for the students because they were able to ask her questions about the process of applying for college. Sr. Ana gave them many insights and very valuable advice for this process,” said Mrs. Vallejo. Sr. Anna emailed Mrs. Vallejo, “It was a delight to join your classroom and be interviewed by your students! WOW, they are amazing and I am honored to have joined you. Mil gracias por la oportunidad y están en mis oraciones.”

During the school year, students also interviewed immigration lawyer Laura Buck, who lives and works in New Orleans; Miguel Vallejo, a senior student in Medellín, Colombia who was elected president of his high school’s Student Council; and coffee grower Don Diego Jaramillo, who was interviewed while he was working on the field in his rural town in Colombia. All interviews are completely in Spanish.