After graduating from Oberlin, I moved to Guatemala to work for a billingual English/Spanish dual immersion Montessori school. While I was the assistant teacher and spoke exculsively English to the children, I spoke only Spanish while working with parents and the other staff members. I used every winter term opportunity to go to Guatemala, and was able to get the Kathyrn Davis Projects for Peace Grant which funded a summer there as well, so I was able to keep immersing myself in the culture. And while I was at Oberlin I took Claire Solomon’s literature classes which helped keep my love of Spanish alive. And, of course, SITES! I taught Kindergarten Spanish every semester at Oberlin which I found to be a great resource for my Spanish retention.