Feature: Bienvenido Señor Cipriano
As our newest addition to M-A’s Spanish department late last spring, we felt it was fitting to formally welcome Señor Cipriano to the school. Taking on his second year at M-A as the Spanish III and AP teacher, Señor Cipriano is eager to not only continue teaching his language, but also to educate his students about the accompanying Spanish culture.
Señor Cipriano, a native of Mexico City and one of eight children, has always placed a high value on family and education. His strong ties to the Mexican culture and passion for Spanish education have allowed him to remain connected to his culture while living abroad.
Señor Cipriano learned to read and write by the age of four, a testament to his intellectual ability. By the time he was 16 years old, Cipriano was studying Spanish literature at la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. After a couple of years, intrigued by the American culture, he left the university and joined an exchange program at a high school in Maryland. Here, he vastly improved his English skills. While in Maryland, he noticed distinctions between the attitudes of the teenagers in his hometown and those in Maryland. He admired his American classmates for their willingness to work for the opportunities they received.
His fascination of the American culture contributed to his decision to remain in the United States and to study engineering at the University of Maryland. Later, at the University of Arkansas, he would ultimately realize his true passion, Spanish education.
In addition to furthering his education, he continued to fuel his love for soccer by participating in the universities’ soccer programs. He received his teaching credentials online from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Later, he gained a dominant role in a translating company, contributing to the ratification of the NAFTA agreement. Meanwhile, Señor Cipriano continued to teach a high school International Baccalaureate program in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Now, Señor Cipriano and his wife, from Louisiana, are happily married with three children they raised in North Carolina. In order to accommodate his wife’s career as a nurse, they moved to the Bay Area last year. As a retired teacher, Cipriano decided to apply to our district as a substitute teacher. Luckily for M-A, the district offered him a place at our school to help prepare students for the Spanish AP exam last spring. His Mexican heritage provides a certain authenticity and energy to his teaching.
He expressed his enthusiasm for M-A and the students, “Great school. Great students [who] are very driven and focused on their studies.” He explains, “that is the reason why I am here.”