Teacher profile: Marina Prucha

Posted by Rebecca Moore - 10 February, 2012

By Jackson S. '16

Señora Prucha is a Spanish teacher in the 7th and 8th grade. It has been a privilege to have her as a teacher. She is from Colombia and has a unique background that a lot of people do not know about. She has been all around the world and has seen many different things. I recently sat down with her and got some great results.

How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I have a brother and two sisters and I am the oldest.

What was your Middle School like?
My school was all girls. It was for academics and they did not have extracurricular activities.

What were your best subjects in school?
My best subjects were English and History.

What were your thoughts about moving to the United States? What were some pros and cons about it?
I was excited and nervous at the same time. I knew it was a good opportunity to continue into college and become really fluent in English. The pros were that the schooling was co-ed and I felt safe. There was a lot of violence in Colombia at the time. The classes were very interesting. There was more testing in the semester and the teachers took a personal interest. The cons were that I missed my family and friends, the festivals, and the food, and the beach, because Barranquilla, where I'm from, is in the Caribbean.

Where was the first place you went to in the United States?
The first city I went to in the United States was Pittsburgh.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would love to live in Tuscany, Italy and I have relatives there.

Who were your favorite celebrities growing up?
My favorite celebrities were American actors Troy Donahue and Rock Hudson.

You can see Señora Prucha's class in action here:


This profile is one in a series written by the 8th graders in Nichole Liese’s journalism elective, the class that produces the Middle School paper, The Raid. Students profiled a teacher who has had an impact on them in and/or out of the classroom.

Video: Rebecca Moore

Topics: 8th grade, Academics, Middle School, Spanish, teachers

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