“How many months did it take you and Mayra to complete your first book?”
This was a question posed to us at the Q&A portion of our book launch event. We laughed because the word “months” was used instead of “years”. We quickly retorted that this labor of love was 6 years in the making! I won’t bore you with the details of our long journey but we are so happy that book one, Cuaderno de Actividades para Primaria, is complete that we decided to throw a party! It was delightful talking about the importance of bilingual education with so many supporters!
Here are some photos of the event which took place at UNAM-Chicago Campus
Oscar Alatriste Guzmán, UNAM Academic Dean, welcomes the guests and introduces the panel of discussants.
Author, Mayra Tristan, explains the origins of READ en Español, Inc..
Sara Knigge, READ Author, thanks her family and friends for their support.
Panel of discussants: (top left) Dolores Higgs UNAM Spanish Professor, Oscar Alatriste Guzmán UNAM Academic Dean, Dr. Ana Gil Garcia Northeastern Illinois University Professor Educational Leadership, Sara Knigge READ Author and Consultant, Mayra Tristan READ Author and Consultant, Cristina Aguilar Woodstock 200 Dual Language Teacher
View from outside UNAM
Supporters, family, friends.
Dr. Ana Gil-Garcia talks about the lack of bilingual resources and how READ’s book is filling a need.
Sara responds to a question about her experience studying at UNAM-Mexico City.
Thank you to Metro on Chicago Ave. for catering! Cochinita chimichanga served with creamy chipotle, Chicken cranberry petite sandwich, Mini hummus served with baby carrots, celery and cucumbers, Potatoes al limon with a touch of spice,Caresses mini pinchos- grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and mango- balsamic vinaigrette . ¡Delicioso!
Mayra with fellow Fulbright scholars.
Book Cover designed by Wayne Johnson.
Teachers from Plano CUSD 88 and Naperville District 204 made the drive into the city to help celebrate. Bilingual Professionals from Chicago Public Schools, Mannheim District 83, Des Plaines District 62 and Joliet District 68 also came out to show support.
Mayra signs the book of a dual language teacher and guest.
We had a great time and hope everyone else did as well! Thank you.