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Introducing Lena Santos from Cook County Schools

Dec 23, 2019 08:54AM ● By Editor
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From Boreal Community Media - December 23, 2019

Role at school:
Native American Student Advisor in the Anishinaabe Academic Center
During the summer I coordinate the Grand Portage Summer Mentorship Program.

What do you like best about living in Cook County?
I am a small town girl. I enjoy going to different places in Cook County and seeing familiar faces. I like the sense of community that goes along with living in a small town. I also like being able to share memories of childhood places and experiences with my own children. Especially in the places that I experienced them while growing up.

What surprising fact about you may surprise people?
I was born and raised in Grand Portage, MN but I don't know how to swim. I spent my childhood fishing and playing in or near the water but I never learned how to swim. Once my children were old enough to learn, they learned how to swim in pools and have learned how to swim in Lake Superior. 

Family/personal life/hobbies:
I'm a mom to four amazing boys: Joao (13), Alessandro (9), Antonio (9) and Gabriel (8). My son Joao, was one of the CCMS October Students of the Month. I'm the daughter of Sally Deschampe and Melvin Sherer. My children and I are members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. I have a life-long goal of learning more about my Ojibwe heritage and language along with my children. I hope to learn more Brazilian Portuguese so I can teach my children the language and learn more about their Brazilian heritage as well. I would also like to someday travel to Brazil with my children so they can meet their Brazilan family. 

Best part of your workday?
Giving high-fives to students in the hallways and watching a student's face light up with a smile. 

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