A memory submitted by Rene Martinez, Class of 1969

Dr. Conchita Winn, Chair of the Spanish department, made me focus on becoming fluent in Spanish, being able to read, write, and learn to communicate in both languages. She told me that some day I would use my bilingual abilities to help others in the community and boy was she right. Her “partners in crime,” Dr. Barbara Reagan and Dr. Betty Maynard, also helped shape my leadership skills to allow me to become involved within the community before I even had graduated in 1969. Great strong women that became lifelong mentors.