Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sara Nelson

Happy “Where Do You Work?” Wednesday! This week meet alumna Maideli Garcia (BA ’15 Elementary Education, reading endorsement).


Garcia is a second-grade homeroom teacher at Cheongna Dalton School, an international school located in Incheon, South Korea. This is her first-year teaching in South Korea. Prior to moving overseas, Garcia taught for two years in the dual language program in West Liberty, Iowa. 

Maideli Garcia smiles with students


“The thing that I love most about my work is the fact that I am learning and growing everyday along with my students. I love being a part of something greater than myself and knowing that my influence has a ripple effect in my student’s lives,” says Garcia. “The most rewarding experience is challenging them and then watching as they fall in love with a concept and become passionate about what they are learning.”


Garcia is grateful to the UI College of Education for allowing her to gain a global outlook on education through the India Winterim course and student teaching in Costa Rica.


“These endeavors eventually paved the way to the work I do now in South Korea. Since the moment I stepped foot on campus being a Hawkeye has taught me how to steer away from my comfort zone,” says Garcia. “The professors I had in the College of Education were passionate about teaching, and through their pedagogy and philosophies, I was able to derive and continue to mold a teaching philosophy of my own. 


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