Richard Thornton | May 9, 2017 | 23
Job Opportunity . . . City of Gainesville, Georgia desperately needs Spanish-speaking teachers
Some of POOF’s readers are educators in Gainesville. In response to our annual April Fools Day spoof, one wrote us with a serious request. The Gainesville and Hall County School systems are desperate to hire Spanish-speaking teachers. They are delighted to hire bilingual college graduates from Latin American countries. Forty-percent of Hall County’s population is Hispanic, yet many schools only have one or two teachers, who can even communicate in Spanish. Both the local governments and the state provide special incentives for fluent Spanish-speaking teachers, no matter where they were born. Translation: Immigration papers are no problem.
The reason that she contacted me is that Creek Indians have a reputation for being adept at foreign languages and also being naturally inclined to get along with “regular folks” in other countries. That is why so many young Creek/Seminole men and women in the military end up getting special assignments that are more in the realm of diplomacy than conventional military concerns. Of course, there is the other factor that our ancestors came from Mesoamerica and Peru, so we tend to look like tall Latin Americans. LOL I know of several long time People of One Fire members, who are bilingual educators. You might know someone, who would be interested in this opportunity.
Gainesville-Hall County is an extremely affluent metropolitan area of about 196,000 persons that fills the space between Metro Atlanta and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It contains one of the nation’s largest man-made reservoirs, Lake Lanier. This is not a place in the boonies, but an ideal place to live. The Gainesville Area has all the amenities of living in a large metropolitan area without the traffic gridlock, which Atlanta is notorious for.
The modern poultry industry was literally invented by a Gainesville man, Jesse Jewell, shortly after World War II. Gainesville still bills itself as “the Poultry Capital of the World.” although many areas of the United States now have adopted the techniques invented by Jewell. Nevertheless, you will still often see chickens raised in Northeast Georgia in the supermarkets of northern Europe and other parts of the world. The Gainesville Metropolitan Area is essentially now an extension of Metropolitan Atlanta, with a very diverse economic base.
Readers from other parts of the nation or world might be surprised to learn that the State of Georgia now has a Hispanic population of approximately 940,000. Hispanic Americans began moving to the Atlanta Area from other parts of the United States about 35 years ago because Southerners and Latin Americans tend to have an affinity for each other. They did not experience the extreme hostility that they suffered from in California and Southwestern states. As Atlanta boomed, many Latin Americans immigrated to Georgia to work in the construction industry. Then the state literally began “importing” Central Americans to work in the poultry and carpet industries.
Please contact the Gainesville and Hall County School Systems directly, if you are interested in employment there. I wrote this article to say thank you to a Latin American professor, who has gone out of her way to incorporate an accurate description of the Southeast’s Native American history in her classroom lectures.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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