Spanish teacher Mrs. Adriana Mundo has graced the halls of Christian Brothers with her infectious smile and equally infectious optimistic outlook on life since 1994. Mrs. Mundo moved to Sacramento from El Cerrito in the Bay Area in 1994, as her husband urged the importance of being closer to his family. “My husband Michael told […]
Spanish teacher Mrs. Adriana Mundo has graced the halls of Christian Brothers with her infectious smile and equally infectious optimistic outlook on life since 1994.
Mrs. Mundo moved to Sacramento from El Cerrito in the Bay Area in 1994, as her husband urged the importance of being closer to his family.
“My husband Michael told me that there was a job opening at Christian Brothers, so I went in for an interview,” she said joyfully.
She came in for an interview around the same time as CB alum and now well established Spanish teacher Mr. Tomas Capegreco ’86. She was informed that because of his alum status, he would receive first consideration.Even though she understood the situation, she was bummed until she received her own opportunity.
“That is normal. Alumni often get the first consideration for a job — for good reason. But a week later, they called me and another Spanish teaching job was available.”
Her tenure at Christian Brothers began shortly after that phone call, and the CB community was blessed with two of its most beloved teachers.
Mr. Capogreco has been working in the same department as Mrs. Mundo for 26 years and says that she is in education for all the right reasons and that her teaching flows from her heart.
“Her best quality is her authenticity — she truly knows the ins and outs of her subject.”
Mr. Capogreco stresses that her main purpose is to improve the lives of her students. He also says that she brings the most unique quality to the Foreign Language Department.
“She is the only teacher in our department who is actually from Mexico,” he says.
The authenticity of her teaching becomes more enhanced as she shares with students her own culture in addition to her curriculum. Students adore her teaching style and recognize her caring nature.
“She is like a mom on campus,” Mariah Escobar (’20) says. “I used to go into her classroom after school and talk to her about everything.”
Her positive outlook on life was reinforced in 2013 when her husband Michael had a heart attack and spent weeks in the hospital. In life, it is easy to get caught up in a routine and lose sight of how extremely special an ordinary day of life is.
“It shows you just how lucky you are to wake up everyday and live life normally,” she said from the heart.
In a time of distress, all she wanted was the normalcy of coming to school to see her students, who bring her unmatched happiness.
“When I was at the hospital with Michael, all I wanted to do was to be with my students,” she said with tears streaming down the cheeks.
More than anything, Mrs. Mundo wants her students to know that they are deeply important to her.
“My biggest thing is I want the students to feel loved, to feel like I really care, and to know that I am here for them.”
She hopes students feel her undying love for teaching as it is translated through her passionate style.