By Brad Means
When you take a seat in Keri Smith's Spanish class, you almost have to become bilingual.
“When you hear the language, your ear is more tuned to it. I do go back and forth between Spanish and English, so I'm understood. Just like communication, you don't have to understand everything that I say, but it sets everything up. They all have Spanish names and that's what I call them by”, she says.
Smith has been teaching, and enjoying spanish since she was a child. She knows that students can take their Spanish skills and do just about anything.
“Just being able to communicate with the different nationalities. Now it's the number one minority in the United States. To be able to communicate, to know more people, be able to help people”, she says.
That's all part of the plan in Keri Smith's Spanish class. She's teaching Lakeside students a new language, and a new outlook on the world.