Stephanie Garcia '16

Elementary education major (middle grades endorsement), teacher at Neubert Elementary School in Algonquin, Illinois
Named Illinois Outstanding Beginning Teacher, 2017

As an education major at CUC, I started doing field experience right away, so I was able to decide early on in my college career that teaching is really my passion. It made me more motivated about my career, and I feel CUC does a really good job helping students out with that.

All of my education professors shared their own experiences from when they were in the field teaching, and it made me want to have those experiences as well. I was always inspired when I was at a school for field experience, especially when I helped out with the kids instead of just observing. It really inspired me to keep pushing on with my classes.