Last year, I had the most-diverse group of students I've ever had. This year's list of countries is a few shorter than last August, but still--it shows how medium-size cities across the western U.S. are no longer defined solely by Anglo/Hispanic/Native American relationships...
So, the list:
...eighteen countries...and then from within the U.S., students are hailing from at least as many states; coming from 'back east' to Tucson can be just as 'culture-shocking' as moving here from abroad...
I don't have any quotable gems from my students yet--too early in the school-year for hum-dingers such as "OMG, turkeys lay eggs?!" or "Hey meester, what do they speak in Spain?"--but surely, they will come...
Oh wait--yeah, the other day, a kid said: "Is 'Mexico City' a country?" Ahh, high school...