Erinda Ornelas Vale, 74, has lived all over the U.S. and in Europe, and she has always had a gift for language. (Randal Seyler Photo)
Erinda Ornelas Vale believes that learning more than one language is important not just for cultural growth, but for the overall quality of life — and language education has played a key role in her life.
Vale, 74, has lived all over the U.S. and in Europe, and she has always had a gift for language.
“My mom and dad moved to Roswell from Spur, Texas, before I was born, but I wound up being born in Texas,” Vale recalls. “My mom thought she could get in one more visit home — but I surprised her.”
Vale’s father, Pablo Ornelas, and her uncle, Tony Ornelas, worked with Dr. Robert Goddard in the 1930s during his development of the liquid-fueled rocket, and her father was a mechanic. Vale attended the old Berrendo School as a child, getting an eighth-grade education. However, the eighth grade in the 1950s wasn’t the same as today’s middle school.