FACE Student receives
California Department of Education
Student Success Award
Spacer My Story, by Muska
Edited by the FACE StaffMy name is Muska. I was born in 1987 in Kabul, Afghanistan. I belong to the Pashtun tribe. My native language is Pashtu, and I come from an educated family. My father was an army colonial who served in the human Rights department of the Afghan Military.Due to political issues in our province Nangrahar Khogyani no girls were allowed to go to school, or to study new things and become civilized or to fulfill their educational needs.That's why I never went to school and didn't have the priviledge to receive an education. When the government was changed and the new transitional government took over Afghanistan, my father moved us to Kabul, capital of Afghanistan.After a couple of months in Kabul I got married. My husband was working for the US military, as a human resources coordinator and interpreter. Due to the safety and security problems he shared all these issues with his American seniors; therefore, he was granted a special Visa by the US Embassy for him and his family to come to America.
Finally we moved from Kabul to Sacramento California. Here I faced a new language and many cultural barriers. I was uneducated, having never gone to school, so I didn't know how to speak with people and didn't understand the American culture. As difficult as that was it was even more difficult with 3 children to take care of.
YLearning a strange culture, with no education, I felt very hopeless.On the bright side, I was extremely enthusiastic to learn English and different living skills, and my husband always motivated me to learn English and work on my career. I took two hour English classes, but those hours were not sufficient for me learn English fast enough. When we moved to Concord, California I started learning at Lumavista Adult Education Center. There I learned a lot, memorized a lot of words and talked with many people representing myself. Then I found myself some helpful ladies working in offices and stores.When my baby daughter was born
I took a short break from learning English. We moved to Fremont in 2020 when my baby daughter was 4 months old. There I took online classes at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education Center with a very honorable and excellent teacher, Mr. Phillip Roche. He worked with me a lot and I learned a lot of things because of his efforts! I learned much in my citizenship handbook, and I got my citizenship. Now I am proud to be an Afghan American - long live America!I want to convey many thanks to my honorable teacher, Phillip Roche. When I was nominated for this Award, as best student, I felt so many emotions. I couldn't control my tears and from the core of my heart I am very thankful to every one of you in Fremont Adult Education who supported me. I also want to thank you so much for your patience in reading my story.
FACE Student of the month
for June, 2022:
It was the Fall of the 2014 quarter that Clinton first came to the Fremont Adult School in a quest to earn a High School Diploma. His dedication and hard work was apparent, but the birth of his second child and all of the duties of a supportive parent put his quest on hold. During the pandemic, with time on his hands, Clinton decided it was time to get back in gear and complete his quest. Thanks to FACE's online "APEX" option Clinton was able to work at his own pace and complete his journey!
In Clinton's own words...
Thanks to the help and guidance of my teachers, Kerry Salzer and Karen Yagi, at Fremont Adult School,
I was able to obtain the pride and satisfaction of completing high school. It was unclear to me at the time what I was denying myself, my parents and those who cared about me by dropping out.I would like to also thank my wife and children for supporting me.-Clinton Oates
Spring Summer 2022 FACE High School GraduatesCongratulations FACE Spring Quarter graduate, Adriana.ADRIANA CORTES is a smart, young lady who was able to balance being a wife, mother of 3, finishing 3 classes within 3 weeks... all while recovering from surgery! Achieving her high school diploma has been a goal of Adriana’s for many years, but she put it aside to raise her family and help others. She has dedicated over 12 years driving the East Bay Paratransit bus and will continue to do so. Congratulations, Adriana! We are so happy that you have conquered your goal in such a short time! We can’t wait to see more doors open for you! For more information about our Diploma Program please visit www.face.edu
Congratulations Graduate Adriana!
FACE Student of the month
for March, 2022:
Announcing FACE'S first Student of the month post Covid-19 shutdown!
Student of the Month
for March, 2022
Nawin Taheri came from Afghanistan 8 months ago. She came during the time when there was a mass exodus from Afghanistan due to the current political and social conditions.
She enrolled in classes at Fremont Adult School and
is taking Advanced High
and Listening and Speaking classes. Nawin is amazing. She is volunteering to tutor ESL students from our school who need help with reading and writing. Most of these these students haven't yet learned how to read or write in the English language.
Nawin is very patient and helpful with the students, and assists in translating. She is making a big difference in helping improve reading and writing skills with these students. Nawin, as a volunteer, is effectively doing the job of a paraeducator from Afghanistan.
FACE Students who have Excelled
in our High School Department
GRADUATE STUDENTS in the 2020 - 2022 School Years
Congratulations to our newest Winter Quarter graduate, Annie - March 2022
Congratulations to our recent graduate Annie! She worked very hard to complete all of her classes on top of her full time job and family responsibilities! She just got a promotion at her job and is exploring her options for her future goals! We are so proud of her! For more information about our Diploma Program please visit www.face.eduCongratulations Graduate Annie!Congratulations to our 1st Winter Quarter graduate, Audrey.Big congratultions to our High School diploma student Audrey on completing all her classes and esrning her high School diploma this week! Audrey overcame so many obstacles during the program and was still able to finish! She plans to continue her education so she can begin a career in social work. We are so proud of you Audrey! For more information about our Diploma Program please visit www.face.eduCongratulations Graduate Audrey!Congratulations to our newest Fall Quarter graduate, Romano.Congrats to our recent graduate, Romano!!! We are so proud of him. He plans to move to AZ and pursue more schooling for a job in the medical field now that he has his diploma! For more information about our Diploma Program please visit www.face.eduCongratulations Graduate Romano!Congrats to our newest graduate, Rhiana.Congratulations Rhiana!!! Rhiana worked round the clock this summer to finish all of her classes to earn her high school diploma!! Her next goal is to attend community college and earn her AA degree!!! We are so proud of her!Congratulations Graduate Rhiana!Congrats to our newest graduate, Emily.From Emily: "I would like to thank F.A.C.E for giving me the opportunity to finally achieve getting my diploma they have the best support system, I know a lot of people are scared to go back to school but honestly if you put your mind to it you will succeed and I’m proud I did go back to school I’d like to tell the younger me, “WE DID IT GIRL!” We came, we saw, we conquered! Also I’d like to give a huge thank you to my teacher KAREN - best teacher ever hands down! Not only does she nag at you to put in this many hours and do this much work and watches every little thing you do, but she truly means well! She only just wants the best for you! She’ll push you to be the better you and be successful, and I’m blessed to have had her as my teacher - YOUR THE BESTEST KAREN! Thank you again F.A.C.E for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to finally get over this bridge I’ve been stuck on for so long . 🥰"We are very proud of you Emily!
Congratulations to our recent High School
Diploma Graduate, Noe Sitan!
Noe is a returning student who had a successfully
pursued his studies previously with Fremont Adult
School a few years back. Noe had to discontinue his
studies for personal reasons. He recently returned to FACE
to complete his education very strongly and
earned his High School Diploma! He plans to attend
college next and study Economics!
Congratulations Noe, we are very proud of you!
Congratulations to our recent High School Graduate Chaenda!
Chaenda earned her High School Diploma working at the Fremont Adult School. Now she's enrolling at Merritt College to become a Medical Assistant!!
We are so proud of you Chaenda!
Congratulations to recent High School Graduate Bilques “Bell” Vazquez
Join us in congratulating our recent graduate Bell! She joined our diploma program in July 2020 and worked very hard these past 6 months to finish her high school courses and earn her High School Diploma! From Bell: “You have all been wonderful!! You are running a wonderful educational program. The teacher is great, she kept me motivated and at ease when times were hard. Coming to Fremont Adult School is one of the best choices I have ever made. Everyone is kind, helpful, and on top of their jobs. Keep changing lives. Keep up the great work.”
We are very proud of you Bell!
Congratulations to recent graduate, Amelia Stauff!
She worked extremely hard to complete her graduation requirements! She now has her high school diploma & will be moving on to beauty college!
We are so proud of you Amelia!
Congratulations to Recent Graduate Courtland Sturgis!
We would like to congratulate Courtland Sturgis on earning his high school diploma
with us this school year. Courtland plans to move on to college to study business!
We are so proud of you Courtland!
FACE Student of the month
for March/April, 2020:
Excelling in the FACE
High School Learning Center
By Teacher Karen Yagi
The Bautista brothers, Michael and Marvin, came to Fremont Adult School to close a chapter in their lives and move forward. They both wanted to finish their high school education as teenagers, but life got in the way. Decades later, Michael found his way to FACE and finished. He encouraged his brother, Marvin, to do the same.
The day I met Marvin, I knew he had the same self-pride, motivation, and sparkling kind spirit his brother possesses. He quickly went to work and became a friend and inspiration to all the HS diploma and ABE students. He works tirelessly and finishes courses within days! He and Fremyra are in a race to get their diploma very soon!
Marvin's future is so bright! With this new diploma and his passion to make others happy, he will soar higher than an eagle! I am honored to have had a small part in the Bautista Brothers' journey. Marvin is a BEAUTIFUL PERSON, inside AND out! I can't think of a better face to represent FACE!
The High school Learning Center has a program you can succeed as well!
My Story By: Marvin Bautista...
When I decided to go back to school, I was unsure of how I would perform since it's been years since the last time I attended schooling. I was nervous. But the Staffs at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education helped and guided me to the right direction. On my first day, I met Ms. Yagi, who is my teacher, and she immediately made me feel welcomed in her class. She's been very helpful and supportive each day that I'm in class. With everyone's support from the Staff of F.A.C.E. and from my family and friends, they have given me the motivation to keep going. With the right mindset and committing to this, I believe that I will be able to overcome this challenge for a brighter future ahead of me.
FACE Student of the month
for December, 2019:
Doan Cuong Le
OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT
By Doan Cuong Le
Moving to a developed country with a different culture has never been easy for anyone. Whether you are educated or uneducated, rich or poor, young or old, experienced or inexperienced, you will face many challences.
As a new immigrant living in the U.S.A. for just a few months, I am very excited and curious. My first month was wonderful. I met with a lot of friends who have lived in California for a long time. My family and I had a chance to visit San Francisco, a very exciting city with the Golden Bridge. After that memorable time, I had to come back to the fact that I needed to do something to survive in a very expensive and challenging place like California. Although I am a proficient computer user and hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in banking and finance from my country, finding a suitable job in the U.S seemed to be a daunting task. There are a lot of differences in culture and behaviors between the U.S. and my home country, Vietnam; the gap seemed too large to be bridged in a short time. I had to figure out my priorities, and I realized that without a driving license and English communication skills, I could not do anything in this country. I decided to make a plan to reach these goals.
I immediately started learning traffic rules and practicing behind the wheel, and finally I got the driving license after three months of effort. However, English turned out to be the hardest part because I had rarely used this language in my country. It was a problem for me to communicate with such a diverse community of people. There are not only native speakers in the Bay Area, but also people from India, China, Mexico, and many other countries.
I resolved not to give up on my goal. Fortunatelly, I have received a lot of help from dedicated teachers and enthusiastic staff at Fremont Adult and Continuing Education. It was a gift from God! I think that without this valuable help, I would not have improved my English as fast. I took five classes at the school and have been attending and studying hard everyday. I rushed into this school as if I had never studied before. When I am here, I always feel a very warm environment where a lot of people from many countries in different circumstances came to learn not only English but also many careers free of charge. I don’t know how to express my thanks to all the people who make this school such a wonderful place of learning. You wouldn’t imagine how happy I felt when my favorite teacher Yelena told me that I had been chosen to be the student of the month. I would also like to give thanks to some other teachers and staff in my school. Those are Michele, Savita, Lisa, Matthew, Teresa, Pamela, and Kerry. I appreciate all that you do for me! Finally, I am thankful to my family, especially Grandpa, Grandma, my brother and sister-in-law, and also my wife who has supported me so I could come back to school. I will do my best to study well and come up to everyone's expectations.Thank you very much,Cuong Le
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FACE Special Student Volunteer
Award for July/August 2019
She was a student in Rochelle Oral's computer class for the entire 2018-2019 school year. She excelled in every aspect of the course and received certificates of completion each quarter. She completed the entire course- Computer Basics, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and the Internet and Email.
According to Rochelle, "Anitha was also in my Friday Intermediate Communication Skills Class during the 2018-2019 school year. She was in that class for the entire school year as well and received a certificate of completion in June 2019."
Rochelle asked her if she would be interested in volunteering in her summer computer class, and Anitha agreed to do it. "She is such a wonderful volunteer. She creates new student folders in the VESL Drive, helps students get their laptops, log in/log off, and offers one on one assistance the entire time." "I never have to ask her to do anything. She takes initiative and just gets to work. She is constantly circulating around the room. She really has been a life-saver!" - Rochelle Oral
She also has taught community education classes.
Now she is in the process of becoming a para-educator in FUSD.
"I am so proud of her!"
I started my ESL program at Fremont Adult School last year. I learned a lot of things, I started at Advance Low ESL in Teacher Lisa Braley’s class, and I started learning Basic Computer classes with Teacher Rochelle. I enjoyed the class while learning Typing, Computer Vocabulary, Animations, Transition. In Fremont Adult school I finished two online courses (Burlington English and Project success). I attended College and Career Counseling Club. I attended a Community Education workshop at Fremont Adult School. I got a part-time job for Henna Art and a Glass painting Instructor.
I got a certificate for MS Word, Powerpoint, and Excel. I learned the Listening and Speaking class with Teacher Rochell. I attended career counseling from Ohlone college.
In Teacher Lisa’s class, I started writing my resume. I got a lot of friends at Fremont Adult School. Since I joined Fremont Adult School (2018 - 2019) I started speaking English confidently and I went against my stage fear and talked to the audience. Now I am volunteering to help Teacher Rochelle in the computer lab.
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Student of the month of for June, 2019:
This is What FACE Means to Me!
By Jie-Tang Schwan
Fremont Adult School has meant many things to me, such as improving my English skills, making new friends, knowing nice and interesting teachers, and learning other important things. Fremont Adult School is extremely important to me and many others as well.
Making new friends is one of the happiest experiences I got from FACE. This is because FACE has many students who come from different countries. I have learned about various cultures from them. Also, at Fremont Adult School, the teachers are very friendly and knowledgeable. I have not only learned English, but also a lot of American culture, history, and American life.
This school offers a variety classes that fit different students and different English levels. There are important support classes, such as English labs in which students can use some programs to practice their English. One the most important features is that the labs have a teacher there. For example, Mr. Kerry, who is in the computer lab, is very nice and always willing to help you. He has a good sense of humor, and is very patient with students. It almost seems like having a private tutor. This is a significant help for our individual language problems. Finally, Fremont Adult School offers classes at different times that is obviously convenient. Many students here have full-time or part-time jobs. Therefore, students can take classes which can fit their work schedules.
There are many nice teachers at Fremont Adult School. My favorite teachers are Chris, Yelena, Grace, and Kerry. Among many things I have learned at FACE are not only American culture and history through learning the language. I have gained more knowledge about English grammar. I can read English books without checking the dictionary often. I have gained some writing skills.
I feel that English is one of the more difficult languages to learn. It only has twenty-six letters, but it is the language with the most alternate meanings. In almost all cases in English there are different rules. There are many difficulties I have had learning English. Specifically, prepositions, adverbials, word-usage, and sentence construction present my greatest difficulties.
My advice for English
In my opinion, you should:
- Come to school everyday.
- Do the homework.
- Take at least two classes if you can.
- Repeat the class that you felt was difficult the first time until you feel you have improved your English from thar class.
- Go to English computer labs. They provide great benefits.
Rainbows of FACE
By Jie-Tang Schwan
I would like to conclude by telling a short story. One late Thursday afternoon, I drove to Fremont Adult School. The parking lot was nice, empty and quiet. By that time the classes were over, so most of the students had gone home. Suddenly, the rain poured down. I had stayed in the car waiting for a break in the rain. A few minutes after it stopped raining, a surprise occurred - two rainbows appeared in the sky. One was huge, wide, with the seven colors clearly identified. They were so beautiful!
This is what it is like to come to Fremont Adult School. You come to learn English as a second language, American history and culture. You may feel frustrated from time to time, but there always are nice teachers to help you.
Moreover, you may make new friends and learn about various cultures from those who came from different countries. Ultimately, you feel happy because your English skills have reached the next level. Like seeing the rainbows, you will see that you are close to achieving your goals. This is because coming to Fremont Adult School every day will help your American dream come true.
Thank you, Jie-Tang, for being
such an excellent student!
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Student of the month
for May 2019
According to the staff at the FACE (AWD) Adults with Disabilities Program, Nick Leung has been a student in the AWD program since September 2009. Nick participates in all activities within the Program, and assists staff in many of the classes. His positive, willingness to help, and try new things shows his peers they can do those things too. This year Nick has been assisting in the Noll office. He gets the mail from the main office, assists with organizing, filing, and answering the phones. He supports Roshni Easley in the office with mass mailings while learning work skills. In the classes he leads
his peers in recycling, in the garden and greenhouse, on outings to City of Fremont Offices and throughout the Tri-City area.
Some FunFacts About Nick:
- Nick’s Great Attitude is always upbeat.
- All the students and staff like Nick.
- Nick is very helpful in the computer
Lab, helping other students.
- Because of his superior office skills,
Roshni fears he may replace her someday soon.
- Nick previously worked at Amazon (No wonder that company is doing so well!)
- Nick takes it from the garden to the
kitchen with style.
- Big Star Trek fan - Live long and prosper!
- Lego Land - need we say more?
- Nick is super dependable - he never ever says “I don’t want to do this”.
From Nick's Peers
We, the staff and students of the AWD
program appreciate Nick’s efforts to learn
new skills. Nick’s positive influence on our
program, and his peers, and over all work
ethic makes him an ideal role model for all
of our students!
Thank you Nick Leung!!
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Sathyam Patti, Student of the Month for April 2019
First of all, I am very thankful to Fremont Adult School for providing me the opportunity to learn ESL and enhance my academic career. I started learning English at Fremont Adult School in the spring of 2016. When I have first came to the USA in 2015, I was not confident in English speaking & writing. Soon after, I started my journey from ESL Core Classes to Advanced ESL Grammar & Writing classes. During this period I have attended most of the classes and courses offered by FACE - free of cost! All the teachers were very dedicated, cooperative, supportive and friendly. Regarding online courses, I have completed 29 courses in Burlington English and totally completed Project Success and Apex Learning Courses. Regarding education I strongly believe that there is no age limit or restriction. Now I am 64 years and I am still coming daily to the school to further enhance my knowledge. I can proudly say that, we will not get this type of education and teachers in any country, even if we pay money. FACE provides immigrants with a place to get education, community values and freedom that they could not get in their home countries! It is my sincere appeal to all students to grab the learning opportunities at FACE with two hands! It will definitely help you to a bright future.
Thank you, Sathyam Patti.
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About Sathyam Patti
I was born and brought up in Hyderabad, the southern part of India. We have a family of six members. My father was the lone bread earning member for the entire family. Even though he was not educated and in spite of financial issues, he never ever compromised on his children’s education. My father always used to tell us, if anyone wants to excel in life, he should have commitment and dedication, and work hard.
One of the things I have learned from my father was that it wasn’t important whether you come from a rich family or not; what matters is family values, your contribution,and
efforts. Whatever I’m today, the entire credit goes to my father.
My favorite subject is Math. It is my favorite because I have never had difficulty with it and always used to get good marks in exams. Since my childhood, I have always been fascinated with numbers. Math is the study of numbers; by solving the problems one can develop their mental abilities.
Math strengthens your brain and makes you smarter in life. It will connect you with day to day
activities in Banking, Share market, Stock market, foreign exchange, etc.,
PRINCIPLES AND GOALS
In my opinion, if anyone wants to excel
in academic or work career, should have
positive principles with achievable targeted
goals and one has to work towards the
process of the same with self-confidence,
determination, and hard work to get
the desired results.
My brother advised me, not to lose
confidence and he told that there was no
age barrier for learning,it’s a continuous
process and another important point he
made was that “Nothing is impossible in life”,
and one should have trust in owns abilities,
qualities, and judgment.
I also want to quote my mother’s advice
to me that “Never ever refuse any new task
or responsibility being given to you. One has
always to be ready to accept new challenges
and try to work with
determination to get results”.
I always appreciate my wife, as being a
working woman. She has always given due
importance to family & social life along with
her busy work schedule. Here, I want to
stress one point to all the working people not
to be totally a workaholic. Try to contribute
some time to your family and social life also.
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Maggie Zhou is FACE's student of the month
for March 2019!I started learning ESL classes at Fremont Adult School in the summer 2017. After one year advance English class study, I graduated from Adult school in June 2018. At that moment, I was not confident to move forward. I thought I was not ready to neither get a job or go to college.Soon later, I joined a job training program - Bankwork$ - which was held at Adult school, and I successfully got a banking job right after graduated from the program.From this February, I am studying in Ohlone college for English and Art classes. I will receive a $200 scholarship from Adult School for my continuing study. Right now, I am part time working and part time studying concurrently. This is a good start for me.I appreciate all the help that Fremont Adult School has done for me. Thank you very much for leading me to the bright future. I believe Adult school helped lot of people not just only me. I also believe there are more people will be helped in the future.Thank you,Maggie