Kathryne Delcarpio, ESL Instructor
Originally from Kansas, Kathryne has lived in Louisiana for 42 years. She and her husband, Joe, have two adult children and three young grandsons. Kathryne likes to garden, read, do handcrafts (sewing, quilting and crocheting) and genealogy research. She currently serves on the IPAL Board and has become active in theater productions.
Kathryne is a retired secondary school teacher having taught English, Psychology and Academic Gifted for 35 years in Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes. She has an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and additional certifications in Academic Gifted and ESL. While in St. Tammany, she was a volunteer Adult ESL instructor for the Christ Episcopal Church in Slidell. Ten years ago, she retired from the St. Tammany Parish school system and in 2012 joined the Peace Corps. Her assignment took her to Ukraine where she was to teach Ukrainian student teachers at the university level ELA methodology. Unfortunately, health issues required that she return home shortly after arriving there.
The Delcarpio's desire to be closer to family brought them to New Iberia 2 1/2 years ago. Now they need only go around the corner to visit with the grandchildren.
Joseph Ritter, Language Instructor
I grew up in the foothills of California, some twenty-five miles west of Yosemite National
Park. Mariposa is a gold rush town and county seat. The courthouse and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where I served mass on Sundays, were both built in 1856. I come from a family of four brothers and one sister; my father owned the feed store and my mother, after raising us, went to work in the courthouse and eventually became county clerk.
I earned a BA in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At Fresno State University, I completed my graduate studies to become a credentialed high school English teacher.
I retired after teaching twenty-five years with the same school district. My most rewarding experience came when I taught a year-long adult education class, prepping students for the GED.
By 2011, my two children were grown and living on their own. So my wife Bobi and I sold our California Craftsman home in the historic Fresno City College area, and headed to South Louisiana. James Lee Burke’s lyrical passages of the area captured our imagination and drew us to New Iberia - Bayou Teche, water hyacinths, live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, and the “best small town Main Street in the country” where street signs are in Spanish, French, and English.
But it was the people who brought us into their homes and treated us as family that captured our hearts.