Becky Lepore '15
3rd grade teacher, Playa Vista Elementary School
I graduated in 2015 with my degree in Liberal Studies, a minor in Sociology and my Preliminary Teaching Credential. Soon after, I began working at Playa Vista Elementary school teaching 3rd grade. I have loved every minute of my first year teaching experience! I truly believe that the program set in place by LMU brought me to where I am today. LMU taught me teaching pedagogy and relevant practices. I gained hands on experience, made connections to local elementary schools, and student taught as an undergrad; which all helped prepare me for the rigorous yet rewarding profession of teaching. LMU helped me create a strong foundation and my identity as an educator; I look forward to many exciting years ahead in the profession I love.
Miranda Grey '15
Member, PLACE Corps
PLACE Corps has helped me grow more this year than I thought possible. If you had told me a few years ago that I would be a middle school teacher, I would never have believed you, but after I was placed as a middle school science teacher, I discovered that middle school is my favorite age group. Teaching is even better than I could have imagined, and every day brings new adventures, new successes, and new challenges. The support of my PLACE Corps community in my first year of teaching has been overwhelming, and I'm looking forward to many more successful years in the classroom.
Elisa Machon '15
Spanish Teacher, Sts. Felicitas and Perpetua Catholic Elementary School
I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was a small child playing house and school with my friends. Growing up, I always aspired to work in education, like my parents. I knew going to LMU for a double major in Liberal Studies and Spanish as well as a Primary Elementary Teaching Credential was the right step towards my dream of becoming a teacher because of LMU's focus on the education of the whole person. I was not only taught how to teach my students how to think academically, but I was also taught how to influence my student's emotional and spiritual thinking.
During my time at LMU, I not only took classes about teaching, but I was also able to take a wide variety of classes, for example, history, religion and dance movement classes to name a few. Each of these classes has positively influenced my teaching. The vast number of classes in the Liberal Studies department has allowed me to feel comfortable teaching different subjects as well as allowed me to explain the material in different ways to help each student. The unique and advanced education I received at LMU fully prepared me to become a Kindergarten teacher right after I graduated in 2015. Because of my time at LMU, I now know that teaching and learning comes not only from the mind, but from the heart as well.