Our Stories: Jerzel: Scholar (2019)

Jerzel, a recent immigrant from Guatemala who, although he immigrated with no English skills, graduated from ESOL within two years and is now learning Arabic.  He helps other ESOL students with their English, and he volunteers to work with his teachers on their Spanish skills so that they can better communicate with other immigrant students.  In Guatemala, he worked at a Mayan Village cooperative that protected indigenous rights.  Jerzel plans to attend Montgomery College for dental hygiene and eventually become an orthodontist.