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Sherica Green makes family proud with the completion and launch of her book

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2016 | 2:00 AMTamara Bailey
From left, Spanish Lecturer at UWI Esmeralda Nunez, Education Officer of Spanish and French at the Ministry of Education Martha Corbett- Baugh, Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica Cecilia Jabes, Sherica Green alongside students of Northern Caribbean University.
Green signs copies of her book.
Proud mom and sister, from left, Green Tamika Blake and mother, Shurnette Lyons.
Proud mom and sister (from left), Tamika Blake and mother, Shurnette Lyons.
Mi Companero Spanish word search by Sherica Green.
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Mandeville, Manchester:

Growing up in humble beginnings in Brown's Town, St Ann, Sherica Green made no joke about an opportunity her mother gave her and the requisite motivation she received to delve into her academic pursuits.

It was as a result of this that Green has successfully created and compiled material for her first Spanish Word Search (workbook) that has primary, secondary and even tertiary-level appeal.

Now a teacher of Spanish and French at the West Indies College Preparatory (WIC) School, Green has used her background knowledge, international training and experience in gathering learning aids to make available to the public Mi Companero Spanish Word Search book.

"At St Hilda's High School, I was first introduced to Spanish and it was really the only thing I was good at ... it was there that I said I wanted to be a Spanish teacher."

She continued, "My mother who does vending, worked hard and pushed me, along with my father, as they strongly believe in education. I had to make them proud and as the only child of my immediate family to go to a university, I knew I had to do well."

Shortly after leaving St Hilda's High School, Green enrolled at Northern Caribbean University (NCU), first to pursue an associate degree in Spanish, then a bachelor's degree in teacher education, majoring in Spanish, with a minor in French.

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"During that time, I travelled to France where I worked as an assistant English teacher and I also taught at the WIC Prep school. I was made permanent (teacher) after graduating and have been here for the past seven years."

She further mentioned, "I never thought I could write a book, but my friends kept asking me and so I decided it was time. I could not have done this without the help of Garfield Forbes, who stayed up with me so many late nights, working tirelessly on layout, content, and structure of the book. He believed in my dream. I must also thank my church family, my colleagues at work and the NCU press. It took about 10 months after getting the idea to source material, create puzzles and fully complete the book."

Green, who launched the book earlier this month at the multifunctional room at the University of the West Indies, had just under 50 persons in attendance, including students from Kingsway Prep, Immaculate Conception High, Northern Caribbean University and West Indies College Prep. Guests also included the Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica, Cecilia Jabes and Education Officer for Spanish and French, Martha Corbett-Baugh.

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"The book has 51 puzzles with themes ranging from animals, food and drink to colours and numbers. It matches both the curriculum for primary and secondary students and it is really an 'everybody' book. It has a dual function: it offers material for learning and for leisure for both the English and Spanish Speakers. The book also has a glossary, solutions to each puzzle, interesting facts and tongue twisters."

"This book (and launch) was especially a proud moment for my family as I am the first Jamaican who has created something like this, and I am pleased to have contributed to the Spanish language here."

Green is encouraging persons who have the knack for doing something similar to put their skills to good use.

"Somebody once told me everything depends on execution. Having a dream is just no solution. My plan is to do a series of books. I hope to do a crossword puzzle book next and start my French book," she ended.

To contact Green, email micompanero@gmail.com or call (876) 773-2512.

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