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What I want to do

Touch the future by being an educator

What matters to me

The "Oh, I get it!" of students

What inspires me


Oakland, CA USA

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August 30, 2008

I am a teacher of a charter school in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. For the past four years my largely Hispanic 6th grade class has worked with the Center For the Art of Translation. The Center's master poet, John Simon, has been in colaboration with my students translating poetry written by the likes of Neruda, Ochoa, Teillier, Blanco, and many others. My students are introduced to the Spanish writers of poetry and then hone their translation skills while carefully picking and choosing English words that complement the poet's ideas. Typically a student writing time follows where they craft original poetry written in the style of the poet being studied. I am constantly amazed at the quality of the written word that comes from my students. This quality is directly attributed to the direction of Mr. Simon's poetry program. I, myself, write poetry during this time and have written my most meaningful poetry. The students share their poems at the end of the period with me sharing my poems also. The students find this time very rewarding as do I. At the end of our sessions the students edit and revise their work for publication in the school's annual poetry compendium. This will be my fifth year in association with the Center for the Art of Translation and cooperation with Mr. Simon. This is a very worthwhile writing program led by an excellent poet. Patrick Galleguillos 6th Grade Dolores Huerta Learning Academy

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

student success in poetry writing and poetry competitions. I have seen the results in my students' CST scores and , especially, their writing skills.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

my own poetry that I have written. I recognise the theraputic power of writing poetry.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding, excellent, and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the thinking/writing power of the world.

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My experience has ALWAYS met and exceeded my expectations.

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One thing I'd also say is that...

the Center for the Art of Translation should be embraced by all teachers as the value to their students' education is truely great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Client Served & Teacher of a 6th grade class.