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Mrs. Chris Diener:

I was born in Asuncion,  Paraguay, where my parents and older sister lived for two years helping  refugees from Russia resettle.  I believe that was what literally  birthed in me an interest in speaking other languages and understanding  other cultures.  I studied Spanish in high school and college.  During  my college years I had the privilege of studying in Mexico for one month  and in Costa Rica for three months.  I remained in Goshen after  graduating from college and had a variety of opportunities to learn more  Spanish.

In 1979 I married Daniel Diener.  Dan had returned from two years  in Uruguay, S.A., in early 1978 and almost exactly two years after our  marriage we left for that same country working as missionaries under the  Mennonite Board of Missions.  We lived in that beautiful country for  five years and our oldest daughter Katrina was born there.  It was also  there that almost all of the Spanish grammar began to make sense to me.   We continue to have contact with wonderful friends from Uruguay.

Soon after our return to the U.S. in late 1986, our son Benjamin  was born, and two years later our youngest Nancy joined the family.   Katrina is gong to YWAM,  Benjamin is a math teacher at Kokomo High  School, and Nancy is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan.  My husband is a  Spanish teacher at South Bend Community Schools.  Neither he nor I  thought that we would work in a school setting but so it has happened.

I am both excited and challenged to be the ESL instructor for  Wakarusa and Nappanee Elementary Schools.  I am finding that I really do  enjoy learning more about English as well as the five languages  represented by the students that I see.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email me at

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