A long way from home...
The song "Feria de Manizales" is the tune with which most Colombians identify people born in my hometown, Manizales. The annual "Feria" brings lots of tourists from all over the world. The region is well- known for its coffee plantations which produce some of the best rated coffee in international markets. It is for this reason that one of the highlights of the "Feria" is the "Reinado del Cafe" (Coffee Beauty Pageant), which is held with the participation of contestants from many coffee-producing countries. As a child one of my fondest memories was this time of the year when my parents' house hosted glamorous contestants from other countries. These were days filled with unique events which started fostering my love for diverse cultures.
I found a new home.
Hello and thanks for stopping by to visit my website. My christened name is Monica Clara Isabel Bueno Trujillo but for short just Monica Bueno Trujillo. I am originally from Manizales, Colombia, South America and have lived in several places throughout my life. I lived in the USA for a few years and graduated from high school in Ocala, Florida with the Bicentennial Class. I also lived in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, Brazil; in Bogota, Colombia; and in Quito and Santo Domingo de los Colorados in Ecuador. In me there has always been an international teacher and now I’m finally doing what I always dreamed of doing one day: teaching English as a Second Language to middle school students. I am currently starting my fourteenth year of teaching at Graham Middle School in Graham, North Carolina, a long way away from home. I am a leader within the ESL Professional Learning Community in the Alamance-Burlington School System. I am also a mentor to English as a Second Language (ESL) student-teachers as well as to new ESL teachers. In addition to teaching at GMS, I teach adult literacy in Alamance Community College. I have a Master's Degree in Education, Literacy K-12. I am also certified to teach academically and intellectually gifted students (gifted and talented).