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Vanessa Cruz

Vanessa Cruz

Vanessa Cruz, Spanish Editor

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Bertrand Ngwesse was born in Cameroon, Africa. Growing up going to school was very difficult, “I had to walk 12 miles in total every day just to get to school. But I was very happy because I was going to school that day.” Since he lives on the opposite side of the world, away from his family, it must be very upsetting for some people. “I love working in America, but at the end of the day… I know I’ll always find my way back home.” Monsieur Ngwesse’s first trip to The United States was in 2006. “I came in 2006 job offer at a language camp, and then for the next 10 years, every summer I traveled back to America to work at the Language camp in Minnesota.” He later stated that he’d be going back this summer as well!

Since he only came to America to go to Minnesota, how did he get to Colorado? “In 2010 I visited Colorado Springs because I was invited to be a guest speaker in a private school– And they offered me a job! Which I worked at for 2 years” Speaking of traveling, Monsieur Ngwesse has traveled in Nigeria, Gana, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, and also parts of Asia. “I enjoy visiting countries and not only learning their languages, but I love how rich each individual culture is.” Since he knows French and English, I wanted to know what other languages he is familiar with,“ My first language was in native language called Dimbong, but I also grew up learning French as well. But in total I know 8 languages.” Once he mentioned that he knew EIGHT languages, I was curious to know what they where. “I took Spanish in 7th and 8 grade, so I know how to express myself in Spanish– Un Poquito.” Some other languages he knows and studies are Fulfulde and Pidgin. As we continue to talk about his history with languages, I came to ask him why he chose Sierra High School. “I did have another job offer in Portland, but I chose to take the job at Sierra because I soon found out that Sierra no longer had French as a language, and I wanted to embrace this new challenge in a completely new environment. Also its very nice weather here in Colorado Springs, and the mountains are absolutely breathtaking.” It warms my heart to see how much he’s truly enjoying living in Colorado Springs. He told me his main goal this year,  “This year, I told myself that I wanted to impact or change ONE student this year, with not only French but with me as well. I want to show them different cultures, and maybe open their minds to other culture around the world. I’m looking to change one. But of course once I do that, I’ll keep adding to that group of people that I’ve helped or impacted.” I ended the interview with asking him if he has any message to any Sierra Stallion that would like to join French class next year or is interested in it. “ If you know English… I will advise you to take French because French will soon become a universal language. For example, in America we already have a lot of Spanish speakers and English speakers and soon, French will be next. And also, like I said before, learning a language isn’t just learning the ABC’s… It’s learning their culture as well.” Seems like our French teacher not only knows 8 languages, but he is rich in culture, dedication, and understanding. So if you’re walking down the Language hallway, feel free to greet Monsieur Ngwesse with a “Bonjour!”… or “Hola”.

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