Mexican food has transcended borders and has achieved great success in the United States marketplace. It is, therefore, critically important that children of all nationalities learn more about the ingredients and procedures in preparing the very delicious Mexican dishes. It is also important that Hispanic children, in particular, read more about their culture for a better understanding of the important contributions of their ancestors to the American way of life. In so doing, they will thus gain greater appreciation of their culture and take greater pride in themselves, in their people, and in their history.
About the Author:
Dr. Ma. Alma González Pérez
Dr. María Alma González Pérez was born and raised in Ramireño, TX, a rural community on the Texas - Mexico border. After graduating as salutatorian of her class, Dr. Pérez attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Spanish and a minor in education. She then obtained a Master of Arts degree in Spanish. She has additional certifications in reading, English-as-a-Second Language (ESL), and supervision. Her doctorate is in education with specialization in bilingual education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her dissertation is entitled “The Relationship Between Spanish Language Proficiency and Academic Achievement Among Graduates of a Small High School in South Texas.” Dr. Pérez taught English, Spanish, and Creative Writing for the Zapata Independent School District for 21 years. Thereafter, she served as full-time professor of bilingual education with The University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, and then as director for UTPA (now UTRGV) at Starr County in Río Grande City, TX, which specializes in the preparation of bilingual education teachers. She is a lifelong resident of the Texas Rio Grande Valley border area and is a proud mother of three daughters.