Spanish Class Tradition Cooks Up Paella

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Marian Price chats with students Clara Kakuk, Grace Li, Stephanie Yu, Audrey Chen and Sonia Bashkaran.

Marian Price’s advanced placement Spanish class works very hard every year and 100% of the students pass their official A.P. test, usually with 4’s and 5’s. “As a gesture to their efforts and also seeking some bonding in the group, I organize this annual paella get-together and cook paella (typical Spanish dish from Valencia, Spain) for them and in their presence. I started this tradition in the year 2001 when I found out that my students didn’t know what paella was. Since then I have been doing it every year. Sometimes, I feel like quitting, but the word-of-mouth tradition prevents me from doing it. There is always the student who asks in class: ‘When is the paella party going to happen?’ They all look forward to it.”