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Miss Katya Gomez

Teaches: Middle & High School Spanish

Miss Gomez joined Ben Lippen’s faculty in the fall of 2017. She has proven herself to be enthusiastic about teaching and passionate about helping her students mature both intellectually and spiritually.

Miss Gomez is the oldest of three children, and while her mother is Guatemalan and her father is Venezuelan, she and her siblings were all born in the States. One thing is clear when speaking to Miss Gomez: her family loved to travel. Some of her favorite childhood memories are from visiting different states with her grandmother.

What do you like to do in your free time? I really enjoy reading, being in nature, playing guitar, drinking tea, hanging out with friends and family when I’m able (huge extrovert), and singing!

What is something most people don’t know about you? Most people do not know that I speak German and Russian. I would one day like to learn modern Hebrew as well.

What are you passionate about? One thing I’m passionate about is identity in Jesus! Who He says He is and who He says you are in Him.

Why do you choose to work at Ben Lippen? Jesus leading me to Ben Lippen has been SUCH a gift. I remember being in high school and laughing as I told someone I will never be a teacher, and here I am. Now that I’m here, I choose to work at Ben Lippen because I know that what I’m doing has both a now and an eternal impact.

What do students get at Ben Lippen that they won’t get somewhere else? I believe one thing is the truth of Jesus that is spoken over our students inside the class and outside the class through prayer. I love to agree with what Jesus can do in each of my students.

What do you love most about Ben Lippen? I love my coworkers and that we get to be Jesus-centered on a mission together. I learn so much from my coworkers and am so thankful for each and every single one of them.

What do you love most about what you teach? In general, I love being able to break things down and pass on what I know. As far as teaching Spanish, I love that languages help you cross bridges and connect you to others.

What has been your most memorable moment at Ben Lippen so far? Tropical Thursday 2017. The day my Spanish textbook slid off my car and fell on my foot breaking my toe. I still laugh till this day thinking about it.

What do you love most about teaching your students? I love being able to see when lies are broken that students have believed about themselves and they grasp that they really are able to learn a foreign language! I always like to say it may not be your particular gift, but you still have the ability to learn a foreign language. You are created in the image of an intelligent God. You’re intelligent!

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