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Kristin Beck/The News-Democrat
Nieves Leon is a native of Spain and moved to Carrollton 25 years ago. She is the interpreter at Three Rivers District Health Department in Carrollton. She is married with one daughter and two grandchildren.

Nieves Leon knows what it is like to be a stranger in a foreign country, unable to communicate with others. Twenty-five years ago when she and her husband and daughter moved to Carrollton from Spain, she did not know a single word of English.

Now, after years of additional education and practice, she uses her experience and knowledge to pay it forward.

Nieves is the daughter of Felix Leon and Nieves Rodriguez and is from Ponferrada in northern Spain. Her father worked as a train conductor, while her mother stayed at home with the six children.

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