Three Minutes with Mariangela Summers

Mariangela Summers

Media Assistant, Armand Larive Middle School

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I moved to Hermiston in 2002 from Brazil because I had met my husband who lives here.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

I like a lot of places, but I would say Ixtapa is my favorite.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to make holiday cards and I love getting together with friends. I will always find an excuse to do so.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

First, how small it is since I come from the big city of São Paulo. But mostly, how friendly and welcoming the people of Hermiston are really surprises me. They always have a smile on their face and I felt very welcomed when I moved here.

What was the last book you read/are currently reading?

“The Shack” by William P. Young. I first read it in Portuguese, but then I decided to read it in English because I liked the book that much.

What app or website do you use most other than Facebook or Google?

Pinterest. But lately, I’ve been using Instagram a lot more to promote Armand Larive’s Kindness Club through it. I know that the younger generation uses it more than Facebook, so in order to reach out to them, I created a Kindness Club page on there so that the students could be more involved.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

The first place that comes to mind is Brazil, of course, because I miss my family and friends. But Thailand would be the other place I would love to visit someday.

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?

One of the first times I went to a restaurant in the U.S. I was asked by the waitress if I wanted soup or salad. With my English not being very good at the time and with her speaking fast, I said to her, “I don’t even like salad, I can’t imagine what a ‘super salad’ would be like!” Let’s just say that everyone at the table laughed.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

A goal of mine is to visit my daughter more often in Portland where she is going to college. Also to go to Brazil is another goal since I have not been back in two years.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Recently, it was being part of the Penny War at Armand Larive that was such a success. Not only were we able to reach our money goal, but we also reached the goal of spreading kindness around. That’s what really matters.

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