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(Denver, Colorado, 1/27/2006) About 550 students at South Elementary School in Brighton watched as Mario Ortiz (cq), District Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Denver, naturalized one of their teachers in a special ceremony, held in the school gymnasium. South Elementary was recently recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, one of just 5 in Colorado, 280 in the U.S. The teacher to be naturalized is current Mexican citizen Alberto Oliveras-Garcia (cq), who teaches second-grade Math, Science and Social Studies to a class of children for whom English is a second language. Oliveras-Garcia immigrated in 2000, after completing his Bachelor's Degree. Recently, he was awarded his Master's Degree in Curriculum and Assessment at Colorado University in Denver. He is in his first year of teaching at South Elementary School, but also taught for five years at Twombly Primary School in Fort Lupton, CO. Two of his three sons attend South Elementary. Alberto gives Mario a hug after he swore him in as a U.S. citizen. (JUDY DEHAAS/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS) Mario Ortiz (cq), Alberto Oliveras-Garcia (cq)

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