Guadalupe Garcia McCall is an award-winning author, poet, and educator. She was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico and is the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Medal for narrative.
Thanks to the inspiration of Middle School Spanish teacher Liz Miranda, Ms. McCall came to campus this December to talk to sixth and seventh grade students who had read her book, Under the Mesquite. On how the occasion of this esteemed author, poet, and educator came to SD, Ms. Miranda shared, “We first read the book in Sixth grade English last year. Carrie Robley suggested a few books and I chose Under the Mesquite. We were writing essays and poetry with symbolism and character traits from the book. I wrote to the author to share the poetry my students were writing and she wrote back within an hour saying how touched she was that my students enjoyed reading the book and wanted to share their poetry with the author directly. I then created a large Google Doc with all of the student poems and emailed it to her. The students were touched that the author was willing to read their work. After this experience I went to administration to ask if I could bring her as a guest speaker for students and faculty. The administration agreed and loved the idea. This year Ms. Kindig and Mr. Tosh taught the book again in sixth grade so the students were well prepared for Ms. McCall’s visit.”
On her inspiration as a writer, Guadalupe shared with the students, “My pencil whispered the words like magic, creating whispering words...and I was hooked on writing.” Watching the students inspired response to this guest speaker, we would not be surprised to see a few of these sixth and seventh graders aspire to careers as writers.