El Centro Adult Education Student Highlight: Ruth

Monday, January 25, 2021

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." – Benjamin Franklin

Ruth and her family are originally from Guatemala and have lived in the United States for over six years.  Ruth is a student at Catholic Charities of Boston’s El Centro del Cardenal in Jamaica Plain, where she is enrolled in level 5 English language learner classes.  

When her mother was diagnosed with a severe case of COVID-19, El Centro del Cardenal granted Ruth a leave of absence from virtual classes to care for herself and her family.  However, that Monday, she was the first student online ready for the day’s lesson.  As the weeks went by and her mother’s condition worsened in the hospital, Ruth continued to join English classes on Zoom and complete assignments on Google Classroom. In the face of a pandemic that is devastating immigrant families like hers, the dedication Ruth showed towards her English class inspired her classmates and reminded us of the power and purpose of language. 

During one Zoom lesson, she stopped the class to emphasize how her English classes helped her communicate with her mother’s doctors in a way she had never expected.  Using the skills she learned in class, she advocated on behalf of her mother and understood the doctors, and her mother is now recovering from COVID-19 in a local rehabilitation facility.  

With her resilience and dedication to her classes, Ruth continues to set an example to students at El Centro of what is possible.  We’re proud of you, Ruth!


To learn more about El Centro del Cardenal adult education classes, please visit the program page.