Tucson Success Stories: Diletta Zenaida

Diletta is the daughter of Vietnamese and Chilean immigrants. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2008 with B.A.’s in History and Classics and has spent the majority of her almost-adult and adult life working to increase opportunities for at-risk children.

Natasha Stagg: What are you up to lately?

Diletta Zenaida: As a first year early elementary teacher, I’ve spent countless hours watching old Magic School Bus episodes, reading Eric Carle, working on Excel documents, and drinking High Life. I’ve spent an equal number of hours weeping and researching exotic salamanders to populate a 10 gallon fish tank.

NS: How do you feel about Tucson?

DZ: Tucson, Arizona is my home. It’s lovely.

NS: What are you reading?

DZ: I’m reading The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

NS: Suggest something to do in Tucson.

DZ: Walk around downtown. Drink a lambic at the Red Room. Try the vegetarian ceviche at Tania’s. Make sure to put a light on your bike. Climb the trees in Armory Park. Trespass, because this is the Wild West. Eat a churro at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet and then, while you’re there, make sure to buy a Virgin Mary blanket to keep you warm when winter comes.

NS: Suggest something to read.

DZ: Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives is a good read if you’re feeling frisky. The Idiot by Fyodor Dosteovsky is nice if you’re willing to get your mind blown just a little bit.

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