Jessica Coraizaca decided to be a Spanish teacher because it was a way to give back to her community and make a difference in students' lives. "I came to the United States when I was 12 and thanks to my teachers, I was able to learn English and be successful in high school and college," she says. "This is why I want to share my passion for Spanish and my story with all my students. I know that I can change the world by first making a difference in each of my students’ lives."
Coraizaca received an undergraduate degree in secondary education and Spanish at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), received the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award, was a member of the WSCU Honors Program and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.
"Do not be a student who just goes to classes; always do something that is going to make you different from other candidates."
She came to WCSU because of its welcoming environment and small class sizes, where she could form a connection with her fellow students. Coraizaca has traveled to Granada and Nicaragua to work with local students and studied abroad in Spain. She also worked with Danbury Public Schools and Business Collaborative as a student mentor.
After graduation, Coraizaca hopes to become a Spanish teacher at a middle school or high school. She also plans to return to WCSU plan to achieve a Master of Science degree in counselor education.
“My educational path allowed me to student-teach in the fall, giving me the opportunity to observe and participate in the establishment of beginning-of-the-year routines, which I found to be crucial in developing effective classroom management skills as a novice teacher," said Coraizaca.
Coraizaca's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Get involved in WCSU as much as possible and take advantage of every opportunity that either professors, clubs and other faculty offer. Do not be a student who just goes to classes; always do something that is going to make you different from other candidates."Return to Site