A Wadena reunion changed the trajectory of a bilingual teacher's life
Gaby Wegscheid was born in Quito, Ecuador, and has found home in Wadena.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following feature takes a look at the life of a local naturalized citizen making a positive impact in our communities. We hope to share more stories like this to show the strength of diversity in our region.
WADENA — Drinking coffee while the sunlight is coming through the window, Gaby Moreano Wegscheid opens the doors of her heart to share her interesting story with us.
Gaby was born and raised in the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador, right where the line of the center of the earth crosses. She comes from a successful family with a high level of education and human values. Her parents, Patricio Moreano and Rubi Rodriguez, are recognized lawyers and professionals in their country and carry out a very important job within Ecuadorian society.
Gaby has always been very proud of her parents as well as her siblings; Maria Jose, who currently lives in Quito and serves as president of the country's French alliance, and her brother, Juan Esteban, who lives with his family in Dubai and works as a visual arts and design teacher at an international baccalaureate school.
At 17 years old, and with the support of her parents, Gaby came as a foreign exchange student to study at Wadena high school, where she met many students from Wadena and made many friends as a result of her charisma and good humor.
Upon returning to Ecuador she finished her education as an English teacher and completed a master's degree in Intelligence Development. She pursued her career with honors, standing out in her professional career in her hometown and at the same time became the mother of her eldest son Martin, who now lives and works as a graphic designer in Quito.
In 2015, Gaby was interested in applying for a work visa in the United States so as to practice her profession in this country. After a long and complicated process of paperwork and protocols, she was accepted in the State of North Carolina where she was employed as a teacher in the Hispanic dual immersion program in kindergarten for two years.
During her stay in North Carolina, she received an invitation from her Wadena high school classmates to attend a high school reunion. She attended the reunion and also visited her host family with whom she lived with while in high school.
At the reunion she reconnected with her classmates, especially with Brian Wegscheid. They begin a beautiful romance and a year later they got married in North Dakota, where Brian lived at the time. Since they were married they have moved back to Wadena and Brian works for Wadena County. They live a quiet and happy life with their son Sebastian, who is currently in 12th grade at Verndale High School and plans to attend Central Lakes College to study Graphic Design.
"I admire Brian a lot for being a hard-working and honest man with many values, and I feel lucky that he is my husband," says Gaby.
Gaby currently pursues her career as an ESL English teacher at Long Prairie - Grey Eagle High School.
She has adapted very well to the community and she has made new friends. Gaby is also a great example for the immigrant community of someone who can achieve goals and dreams. Besides being very human and charismatic, she supports new immigrant students and their families to adapt and develop academically with values and respect for the community and for this country. Gaby also enjoys participating in events that support inclusion in the community.
Her favorite hobby is spending time with her cat Nacho, her dog Red, reading, and traveling.
“We never stop learning” she says.
And we end the interview with this great message that she shares with us:
“Being bilingual is a great strength that has opened doors for me inside and outside my country.”
Dreams United/Sueños Unidos was founded by the King family of Long Prairie, with the assistance of Maria Cervante and Jovana Aguilar who chose our name, in 2007. We sponsored the Cinco de mayo celebration in Long Prairie for a number of years and have worked on many community art project to bring the dreams of the recent immigrant community together with those of the not so recent immigrant community.