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Growing up in Troutdale, Darcy Soto never imagined one day living in Mexico or teaching students the Spanish language. Today Darcy is finding herself in a position she "never wants to leave" as Corbett's newest high school Spanish teacher. After graduating from Reynolds High in 1998, Darcy attended Marylhurst College on a Phil Knight Foundation (Nike) academic scholarship. For her junior year, she transferred to Portland State, declaring math as her major. A fender bender car accident provided funds to visit Mexico before her senior year of college. Darcy chose to visit Guanajuato in Central Mexico for two months. Meeting her future husband, Luis while in Mexico, Darcy returned for her senior year of college with a different mindset. Darcy switched majors to Spanish, and moved back to Mexico after graduating from Portland State in 2002. Married to Luis in 2006 after living in Mexico for several years, Darcy had to return to the U.S. when diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. Receiving chemotherapy, Darcy also received a stem cell transplant in June 2008. Today, free from cancer and living in Gresham with her two daughters, Darcy is grateful. Her two daughters are "miracles of modern science" due to having been through chemotherapy, and now she has a career that she is passionate about. It is quickly obvious why her students appreciate having Ms. Soto as a teacher- Darcy is open, honest and cares deeply for those she "gets" the opportunity to teach!