Sedeno-Gutierrez moved to the US from Mexico in October 2011. He arrived here on a Friday, and he began taking
classes at the Adult Education Center on the following Monday.
Jesus’s initial goal, upon arrival, was to
learn to speak English and to go to college.
After working at Simmons for about a year, he decided to quit his job to
focus seriously on learning English. His
determination to learn English paid off when he was rehired at Simmons 5 months
later as a Quality Assurance Technician.
“I got my GED in Spanish in during the spring of 2013 and went to the
ceremony in May. I got my GED in English
too. That was important for me to
do. I had a good experience with the ESL
teachers. They are very good
teachers. Mr. Garvey and Ms. Cooper
spent a lot of time with me.” Jesus said.
Jesus has advice to encourage
other ESL students. “It’s very hard in
the beginning. Don’t just work on
English in class, but you should work at home too. Practice in Wal Mart, any stores, even at the
gas station. Maybe start off with just
saying hello because it’s a good step.
Your brain has to connect to your experience and to your past
experience. I worried in the beginning
about mistakes. Native speakers know
your mistakes, but if I didn’t speak I wouldn’t improve.
Jesus is not only a dedicated student; he is
also a talented painter as shown in the photograph. He is currently in the process of enrolling
at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Congratulations to Jesus for a job well done!