I took time to ask Mrs. Marquez, Foley High School’s new Spanish teacher, some questions about herself and her life. She just recently started teaching here at Foley.
Date and Place of Birth:
I was born on July 22 in Flint, Michigan
Teacher and QDIP for the state of Alabama
My ideal vacation would be:
Hawaii for a month and live on the beach, visit the volcanos and hike the trails. I would like to pick pineapples and eat them right from the ground.
My hero is:
The best advice I would give a 20-year-old would be:
There are too many things that I would advise them. Get the highest education that you can get; it will be the best thing that you do. Always be open-minded and try to learn something new every day. Treat others the way you want them to treat you, and always be nice to others.
The guests at my fantasy dinner would be:
Mother Theresa. I would love to have had the pleasure of meeting her and discussing many topics with her. I have always appreciated all that she has done with others and her choice to help other people with no compensation. I would love to ask her how she made the choices that she made. Who were the ones that influenced her in her life and what would she change, if she could.
My favorite time of day is:
My favorite time of day is in the morning. I love coffee and just sitting on my back porch listening to the birds. I also love the morning because it’s the beginning of the day and love to think about the things that I will and will not do. I also love the morning, because that is the best time to know that God have given me another day to be with the person that I love the most, my husband.
I’m happiest when:
I am the happiest when I am at school knowing that I have helped a student learn something new. Regardless of the lesson, deliberate or life lesson, it is such a rewarding feeling to know that I have helped a student with something (anything).
Who was the person who most influenced you, and how?
Although I did not know it at the time my high school band director, Mr. Roberto Botello, was a great influence to me. He taught me how to be responsible, honest, and dedicated in what I believe. His driving me to be the best and teaching me how to work hard and have dedication to what I was working on is one of the reasons that I am who I am today. During the last high school reunion, I had the opportunity to talk to him and tell him what influence he had on me as a teenager, and he was very moved. I did tell him that I would like to be the same kind of role model to my students.
With your home in danger, what would you try to save?
If my home were in danger, I would try to save my dogs and cats. I feel that all material things are replaceable and that my animals are not, because they are like my family. I have a dog, “Taco,” that is 18-20 years old. Taco has been with me for 13 years, and when I got him he was already about 7 years old. He came from an abusive home and had to be nursed back to health, both physically and mentally. To this day when he sees a fly swatter he runs and hides because he was severely beaten with one by the people that had him. When the vet called me because he had him, at first I did not want to have another dog, I had just lost my German Rottweiler that I had for 10 years. When I went to see him I was expecting a Chihuahua that was typical of the breed, and I found a scared little dog with a very sad look on his face. When I started to talk to him, his ears perked up and his demeanor changed, so I took him home. Taco and I have been buddies ever since, and he is the best traveling buddy anyone could have. He has been to Mexico and Canada as well as all over the United States. I do not go anywhere without him, because the one time I left him with my sister, he would not eat and ended up at the vet’s office. He will go where I go, and if he can’t go, I will not go. I will not stay in a home or hotel that does not let my dog stay.
Do you like to be alone?
I love to be alone. When I am alone I like to work in my garden or just relax. There are many hours that we spend time with others and so little time that we spend with ourselves, and I think that people really do not appreciate alone time. I like my alone time for meditation, and gardening is my form of meditation that helps with any issues that I may have on that day or something that I need to think about. I also like gardening with my dogs running around, because they come and play with me, and that is always fun. My dogs are great listeners and never tell anyone what I say.
What would your personal mascot be?
Frida Kahlo, because she was ahead of her time and very active with the art community. I am an artist at heart and would have loved to be her and would have loved the opportunity to have met her in person. She would be a great mascot because she was outgoing.
What have you done to earn money?
I have had many jobs, the most interesting of which was a cashier at a bingo hall. I handled over 10,000 a night, and it was funny how obsessed some of the customers were about the game. They were also very superstitious with the game and how they would play. I love to watch the ladies argue about won, how the other person won, and argue about the ones that did not win. Watching people was a great past time at the bingo hall because the people really showed their true colors.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Tell NO ONE!! I would take a trip and disappear for about two months and tell my husband that we won the tickets to go anywhere. I will not tell him about the money but buy him everything he wanted, within reason. I might tell him when we got back and only tell him about half of the money. Then I would pay off all my bills and continue to work so I could just take it easy until I retire. Then I would have enough money to travel anywhere I wanted to go with my granddaughter
If you wrote a book, what would it be about?
My life and what others can do to learn from the experiences that I have had.