Educator Spotlight: Meet ‘The eTwinz’
Mario and Alberto Herraez arrived to the States with a shared passion to teach and grow
This story is part of a series that celebrates outstanding educators the Flipgrid community. Stories by Angela Tewalt.
Last spring, twin brothers Mario and Alberto Herraez walked into a conference center in Paris amid thousands of fellow teachers buzzing with excitement, when Alberto looked at his brother in bewilderment.
“How did we get here?” he asked, even repeating the question as they each continued to gaze at the sight — bright lights ablaze, chatter buzzing, a global conference, educators from everywhere, and two humble attendees who three years earlier were just interns ravenous to teach.
After growing up in Spain, Mario and Alberto had only recently begun teaching in Farmington, Utah, each elementary educators at a language immersion school. Beyond that, they were learning, too – acclimating to a new culture, a new job and a new place to call home.
It can take years to find comfort in all that, but for Mario and Alberto, who call themselves “The eTwinz,” they’ve since presented on stages, received awards for their work and now spend their days teaching science and history classes in a language they couldn’t even speak fluently a few years prior.
So, what led them to the promising event that day? What brought them from then to now?
With their matching smiles and a boldness that only perseverance can muster, they say in unison, “Passion.”
And, they did it together.