Please accept this recommendation on behalf of Tarik Ocon. Mr. Ocon participated in the Mexico Program (which I coordinate) offered through Fort Lewis College during the Winter of 2004 and 2005. Tarik did a fantastic job in this program, doing much more in the communities in which he was placed than what was required for the program. Soon after his arrival he also signed up to teach at the Secundaria (mid high school), as well. Tarik also became involved with a group of his students outside of the classroom.Tarik also volunteered to help out with another Mexican family's local enterprise of providing Mexican home cooked dinners for tours of elderly Americans. He not only helped out with the cooking but more importantly acted as interpreter for both factions.On top of all of his work in both programs, Tarik still came to classes having completed the assigned readings and prepared for discussion. His final papers in both programs proved to be among the best of both classes.
While Tarik did a superb job in both of his teaching experiences and his relationships with the pueblos, families and teachers in the Mexico Program, I cannot speak about Tarik without referring to his relationship with his peers. In a program such as this, there are always students who naturally emerge as a pivotal influence among their peers and thus a source for leadership and guidance for others in the group.