Sharon Rhoades Paiz
How to sum up a life? What a challenge!
After graduation from UOP in 1980, in July of 1981 I traveled to Guatemala, and married Carlos Paiz, who had been at UOP for two years before transferring to Colorado School of Mines. I taught ESL for 3 years in Guatemala, and then we returned to California in 1984 where I worked with my family in our mini storage business and Carlos worked with Woodward-Clyde Consultants. In 1988 we returned to Guatemala and started our own water well drilling company. We still own the business, and have a few real estate projects as well. Currently we are in the process of developing a project for geothermal wells to be used for electricity production and high temperature industries. I am also a legal translator here in Guatemala.
Carlos and I have 3 sons: David age 24, Christian age 21, and Jonathan age 16. David recently received his BSc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently working at Hawker Beechcraft. Christian studies Business Admin. at Wichita State University, and Jonathan will graduate from high school next year. Our boys are truly world citizens; they are fully bilingual and are in tune with world events in a way I could never have imagined.
Needless to say, having studied at Covell has left an indelible mark upon my life. The experience truly enriched me and changed my life's path. I wouldn't change a thing! Living in Guatemala has been a challenge in many ways, but I am forever grateful to the "chapines" for opening their homes and hearts to me. De ultimo, y lo mas importante, les quiero mandar un gran abrazo a todos los companeros (as) y profesores (as) que compartieron mi experiencia estudiantil! La distancia y el tiempo nos separa, pero los llevo siempre en mis recuerdos y en mi corazon. Sharon Rhoades Paiz