“For several years I have been plodding through the beginning to conversational classes in Spanish,” said Gleason of his language studies with UCSM. “When our family business, the Boot Doctors, closes for the off season, we have an affection for going to places to the south where there is turquoise water, palm trees, scuba diving, and Spanish in the air. So I have been on a quest to become proficient at Spanish to make these travels even better.
“Learning is something I have always held in high regard,” he continued. “The UCSM has provided a great opportunity to gain additional language skills. During our busy months, I am quite occupied with the rigors of running our business. The class schedules have always been accommodating for a working guy wanting to learn.”
Gleason recently finished Spanish 2A Intercambio, meaning “exchange” in Spanish. This class features more advanced Spanish instruction as well as the chance to speak with native Spanish speakers who are learning English.
Morgan is in her 10th year teaching art and photography at Telluride High School. She took several classes this past summer as part of the first annual Telluride Summer College, including Introduction to Sustainability, Native Plants of the San Miguel, and Teaching Movies that Matter.
“As a teacher, I cannot say how thankful I am that a program as great as UCSM exists in our small mountain town. Because of UCSM, I was able to earn credits toward my licensure as a teacher right here at home.
“I took an incredible Introduction to Sustainability Class that directly prepared me for a high school Intensive Study Period I was co-teaching this last fall.”
For more information about upcoming UCSM classes, contact Robyn Wilson or Liz Cichella at 970/369-5255, or visit their website,ucsanmiguel.org.