A Lincoln Southeast High School Spanish teacher became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on Wednesday by taking the oath of allegiance in front of her students and family members.
Thirty-four-year-old Teresa Barta said it took a lot of hard work, testing and dedication to earn the title of U.S.citizen. She wanted her students to understand how important it is to be ready for change and learn all you can.
Barta grew up in the Canary Islands, which have become an autonomous community of Spain. She met her future husband, Paul Barta, at an airport in southern Spain in 1998. He went on to graduate from Doane College and then attend Creighton Law School while he and Teresa exchanged emails.
She moved to the United States in 2003 and they married. She became a teacher and eventually joined the staff at Southeast High a year ago.
Barta admitted she'd never heard of Nebraska a decade ago. "I'm one of you guys now."