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Maria Ramirez Rodriguez (left), WHS Class of 2016

Maria Rodriguez enjoying success at nursing school in Mexico

WHS Class of 2019 alum pursues her passion in healthcare; works toward goal of masters in cardiology

Headlines, articles, reports, and social media posts/memes about the challenges of life in 2020 are impossible to avoid. While COVID-19 has thrown the world a powerful curveball, thankfully we are blessed with many "heroes" who work around the clock to guide us through the threats we face, and to eliminate these threats as soon as possible. Among our most important "Heroes of the Year" are those who work tirelessly in the field of healthcare.

One Wahoo High School alum is working hard to join those ranks.

Maria Ramirez Rodriguez (WHS Class of 2019) has just completed another semester as a nursing student in Mexico, and has ambitious goals for her future.

Rodriguez attends nursing school at the Escuela de Enfermeria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud (translated: "School of Nursing of our Lady of Health") in Morelia, the capital city of the State of Michoacán, in Mexico. It's one of the most recognized schools for nursing in the state of Michoacán, and has been recognized both nationally and internationally.

On weekends she spends time with her family in her hometown of San Martin, just northwest of Morelia.

"My school is incorporated to one of what we Mexicans would call one of the Ivy League public universities of the country," Rodriguez said, "known as UNAM, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, which translates to 'The National Autonomous University of Mexico.'"

Rodriguez confirmed that she has found her passion, which is music to the ears of those at WPS who were fortunate enough to work with her.

"Maria has known all along that she wanted to be a nurse," commented Wahoo High School Counselor John Harris. "During her time at Wahoo High School, she worked hard to learn as much as she could. Her kindness, joy and dedication will make her a nurse whom any patient will be lucky to have!"

Rodriguez started her studies at the nursing school this past July, and admitted having some fears that she wouldn't be able to handle the stresses that accompany the medical profession in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. Fortunately, those fears have proven to be unwarranted.

Her goals over the next three or four years consist of finishing college and earning a masters degree in cardiology. She plans to work in Mexico for awhile after that, "giving back" to her home country for what it has provided to her. She then plans to someday further her career in either the United States or Canada.

"Inspiring Our Students to Thrive" is more than just a catchy school motto. Like other districts, Wahoo Public Schools constantly evaluates its academic programs to assure that all of our students are prepared to achieve success on the wide variety of post-graduation paths they decide to take.

For Rodriguez, whose high school studies included the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program offered as part of the Southeast Nebraska Career Academy Partnership (SENCAP) with Southeast Community College, WPS prepared her for her chosen path. Rodriguez specifically commented that her CNA program offered an effective background of knowledge in preparation for her current nursing studies, and being a native Spanish speaker, her English Language Learning (ELL) program, taught by Mrs. Heidi Adams, offered her the language skills necessary to achieve success in all of her subjects at school.

"Wahoo gave me so much to accomplish my goals," Rodriguez stated. "I could never thank enough some of my teachers that made a huge difference in my life. I want to thank Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Forbes, and Mr. Harris for all the patience and support."

Representing what's likely a consensus of all of Rodriguez's WHS teachers, Adams complimented her character and work ethic as a student.

"Maria was such a joy to teach!" Adams said. "She always wanted to learn and do her best, so she put much effort into her work. With her attitude, she will do well, and I cannot wait to see where her efforts take her!"

Rodriguez added that in Wahoo she learned to always give her best efforts in everything she does, especially in those tasks that are the most challenging and don't align with her natural talents.

"I am very thankful for everything I've learned in Wahoo High School," Rodriguez commented, adding that her success in high school has also prepared her to assist some of her current nursing school classmates in their studies.

Congratulations Maria on your accomplishments, and we wish you all the best as you continue to follow your passions!


Maria Rodriguez enjoying success at nursing school in Mexico

Barb ShanahanBshanahan@wahoowarriors.orgWahoo, NETeacher

Jan 02, 2021

Congratulations, Maria! So very proud of you!!
Cherie Johnson

Jan 10, 2021

Maria - this is great news!! Congratulations : > )