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TESOL K-12 Minor Spotlight: Meet Janessa Castañeda!

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Ever wondered what it's like to be in the TESOL K-12 minor? Here's someone who knows! We asked Janessa Castañeda to share a bit about herself and her thoughts on the TESOL K-12 minor.

"Hi, my name is Janessa Castañeda! I grew up in a small town in Oregon with my

three younger brothers. A few of my favorite things to do are reading, hiking, and

playing sports. Some of my favorite memories are of my family going on different

adventures out in nature. My family is also a multicultural one! My dad is from

Mexico and my mom is from Idaho. I consider myself lucky to have grown up

with both cultures in my home. It was the best of both worlds.

"I am in the Elementary Education program with minors in TESOL K-12 and Art History Curatorial Studies. I chose to go into teaching because I want to make a difference in children’s lives just like my teachers had done for me growing up. Every child deserves to feel loved and cared for in the classroom, and I am excited to make sure that my classroom is a space where all children will be able to feel special and cared for. I think that teaching is the best job ever because in what other career field do you make a difference each and every day?

"I love both of my minors, but the TESOL program has a special place in my heart. I chose this minor because I am passionate about helping English Language Learners in my future classroom. Every child deserves the right to have a fulfilling education, and I am so thankful that the courses have prepared me to help every child that comes into my classroom. All of the professors in my program have been very kind and supportive while I have been completing the TESOL K-12 courses. I know that they are there to help me, and offer support in whatever I may need. Each of the courses have taught me different theories and important information that I can use in my classroom to help English Language Learners succeed. I know that I will be a better teacher after finishing this minor, and I think that everyone should do it as well!"

If you are interested in learning more about the TESOL K-12 minor, click here.

To watch a video on the TESOL K-12 minor, click here.

For another blog on the TESOL K-12 minor, click here.

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