NEW HOPE, Miss. (WCBI) -She has been a great service to her community teaching kids of all ages Spanish and English in the classroom. Now she’s being recognized for her kindness with the Lowndes County School District’s Parent of the Year award.
Spanish was her first language growing up. Roberta Week’s Mexican heritage has helped her change the lives of children at New Hope Middle School.
“She is a superwoman… she’s the type of person you don’t even have to call her for help. She is there when she hears about the need or when she sees that there’s a need,” said language arts teacher Liza Miley.
Roberta has helped multiple students learn English.
It was an emotional moment, when she found out she’d won the Parent of the Year award.
“It was very unexpected because I’m just not one of those people that does what I do for recognition. That is a way I can give back. I can’t always give back financially so I feel like I can do it physically then that’s why I do it,” said Roberta Weeks.
The student’s have been learning conversational English since August. Learning phases like “how are you?” can help them interact with students in their classroom and people around the community.
On top of teaching Hispanic children English, Roberta also helps other students learn Spanish.
“It’s awesome to learn Spanish because I’ll already have the advantage when I get to high school,” said student Jarvarkis Gardener.
“It’s kind of good because you’ll be able to community with other people. Some of the words were hard but if you really put your head into it, you really catch on it easy,” added student Kemario Evans.
Roberta sits down with students individually to go over flash cards and text book exercises. Other students are catching on and helping their peers learn the language.
“She’s taught them great life-long lessons that they wouldn’t be able to learn out of a text book, that they’ve learned through her acts of service and kindness,” added Miley.
Roberta Weeks learned English when she was in kindergarten.