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Meet a Roadrunner: John Lambert honors wishes of late wife by becoming teacher

John Lambert and sons

John Lambert and sons

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(Feb. 26, 2014) -- Meet John Lambert. When his late wife Ivania's health was declining toward the end of her battle with breast cancer, he made a promise to her that he would complete his degree and become a history or social studies teacher, so he could have the same schedule as their 10-year-old twin sons, Ivan and Johnny.

Today, Lambert is closer to fulfilling that promise with his student teaching set to begin in the fall and a December commencement ceremony in sight.

Lambert's dream could not become a reality without the assistance of the Nau Scholars Program Fund. John Nau and Bobbie Nau have committed $1 million for undergraduate scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and fellowships. Undergraduate history majors can receive up to $10,000 in scholarship support, graduate students up to $12,000 and teaching assistants up to $16,000.

"There was a tough moment there when things became tight for me financially, and the Nau scholarship funding was very timely," said Lambert. "I thank you, my kids thank you and my livelihood thanks Mr. Nau as my graduation day draws closer."

In addition to a career as a public school teacher, Lambert plans to continue performing in local improvisational theater and possibly pursue graduate studies focusing on oral histories.

Eventually, he would like to produce an independent film on the female guerilla experience during the Nicaraguan Contra conflict. His late wife's family still resides in Nicaragua and Costa Rica and continues to stay in touch with John and the twins.

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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