Lucy Solano, NBCT

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Lucy Solano was born in Bogota, Colombia - South America. She attended Universidad Nacional de Colombia where she graduated with a major in Philology and Languages: English and Spanish in 1991. After teaching in Colombian public and private schools for several years, she obtained a full scholarship and assistantship by the University of Southern Mississippi to achieve a master's degree in Teaching Languages with emphasis in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish, while teaching first and second levels Spanish in the foreign languages department. Upon graduation in 1997, Ms. Solano served as language consultant for Command Spanish, Inc. where she helped write numerous manuals for Spanish training for specific purposes and traveled nationwide (including the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center (NCTC) , the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center (MCTC), and the Regional Counterdrug Training Academy (RCTA) at the Naval Air Base in Meridian, MS) to train thousands of law enforcement officers and military personnel (like National Guard and Special Forces). Ms. Solano has also served as an interpreter and translator for Federal Court and police departments. Ms. Solano was chosen as Petal High School TOY 2014-2015 (where she currently teaches), Petal School District TOY, and MS World Languages TOY 2017-2018. She became National Board Certified in 2014 and currently serves on the Mississippi Department of Education World Languages Advisory Board Committee.
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Lucy Solano, NBCTApril 18, 2018

Growing up in Colombia, South America, we were always exposed to different aspects of life. My dad’s side of the family gets darker the farther back I look and my Afro ancestry is even more obvious. On my mom’s side, they get lighter and the Caucasian genes get stronger. My mom was Catholic and religious and my dad was a Physics professor with a scientific mind that could not simply grasp the concept of believing by faith. They were very respectful of each other’s points of view, though and wanted us to have a well-rounded education and open minds. I…

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