Girl in Translation

Mrs. LaGuardia Character Analysis

Mrs. LaGuardia is the principal at Kim's first public school. Though students tease her about her name's association with the LaGuardia airport, she's generally well liked and respected. She approaches Kim about applying for private high school, and when she realizes that Kim is functionally on her own in that regard, Mrs. LaGuardia helps Kim apply and get into Harrison Prep.

Mrs. LaGuardia Quotes in Girl in Translation

The Girl in Translation quotes below are all either spoken by Mrs. LaGuardia or refer to Mrs. LaGuardia. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of Girl in Translation published in 2010.
Five Quotes

"Honey, look at me."

I was so startled by the word "honey" that I obeyed. I had heard Mrs. Avery using it for Annette. This was not a word principals used back home.

Related Characters: Mrs. LaGuardia (speaker), Kim , Annette, Mrs. Avery
Page Number: 98
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Mrs. LaGuardia Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Mrs. LaGuardia appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Five
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
The next day, the principal, Mrs. LaGuardia , calls Kim to her office. Kim is terrified that she'll be punished for her... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Mrs. LaGuardia assures Kim she's not in trouble and goes on to talk about how there are... (full context)
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
When Kim comes back from Mrs. LaGuardia 's office, Luke begins challenging her to fights every day. Another girl starts standing up... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
In the spring, Mrs. LaGuardia makes Ma and Kim an appointment at Harrison Prep. Ma is thrilled until she realizes... (full context)
Six
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...could make Ma proud as she watches Annette and Tyrone win all the academic awards. Mrs. LaGuardia stands to speak. Kim is barely listening as she announces that Tyrone got into Hunter... (full context)