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In My Words – Alexis Perez Acero (Our Schools Magazine February 2021)

Alexis Perez Acero, a sophomore at Lee’s Summit High School, studies in the English Language Development program, belongs to the Spanish Club and plays soccer. He moved to Lee’s Summit from Jalisco, Mexico at 13 years old and works at Colonial Gardens with his father.

From kindergarten to middle school, I studied in Mexico. When I came here, everything was different. The school was big. I got more teachers.

Absolutely, the language was a change for me.

The best part of living here is the schools.

I like the schools because you can understand more specifically what you want, and the teachers are great.

I was excited to learn a new language. Other people in Mexico who speak English, other people think that’s awesome. Then I went to learn English when I came here, I was scared because I didn’t know anything about English. I was at zero.

I feed the animals we have [at Colonial Gardens], chickens, ducks, geese, alpacas, goats and sheep. I have more responsibilities, and I go straight to work. I stopped playing video games and stuff like that, and I learned more English.

The English Language Development program helps you to grow your second language. Also, it helps you with the classes, and you can talk to people from other countries. I’m getting better in my second language, English. It helps me with what I want to be.

Teachers have helped me with what I want to do, and when I got confused with something they helped me out. For example, we didn’t have internet at home, and they helped us with the internet too.

I play soccer. When I was in Mexico, all my friends and family played soccer.

I’m also in the Spanish Club right now. We talk a lot about the culture of the Spanish and the different countries.

I want to go to college, get my degree and be an architect. I don’t know what type of architect I want to be, but I want to be one. My dad knows a lot of construction, so he’s been teaching me things like that. I think I can be a good architect. I can help the country with projects that I have.

If I was in Mexico, I would maybe be working already. When I came here, I decided that I wanted to be someone. The teachers that I know helped me. For example, if I want to be an architect, they help me with the classes and stuff like that.