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Congratulations to our 2021 Graduates

  • Jessica Borrelli

    Jessica Borrelli

    My name is Jessica Borrelli and my hometown is San Marcos, California. I majored in Education Sciences and minored in Human Development. 

    I chose EDS because I love learning about children and working with them. I am passionate about teaching and what better way to learn how to be a great teacher than to be a part of this amazing program. 

    One of my favorite and most influential EDS experiences I had was getting to be a classroom teaching assistant during a time when classrooms were virtual. It was an experience I will never forget because I went into it thinking the worst, and came out of it realizing that children are as resilient as their teachers. Even through this difficult time they still were eager to learn and engage. 

    My biggest piece of advice for incoming EDS students is to cherish every moment. This is one of the best major programs out there. You will build camaraderie with your classmates and your professors because we are all part of the same beautiful family unit. Build relationships, help each other, and learn as much as you can. This will be the best time of your life! 

    My future plans include attending UCSD’s M.Ed/Multiple-Subject Credential program in the fall, becoming an elementary school teacher, moving into my dream house and raising a family with the love of my life.

  • Christian Demesa

    Christian Demesa

    Hello beautiful people! My name is Christian Josh DeMesa and I feel honored to be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education Sciences. I hail from Murrieta/Temecula and I came into UCSD as a Mathematics-Secondary Education Major. I first picked up an EDS General Minor as an extra opportunity to learn more about education (and to balance the number of math classes that I had to take!). But I came to love the education aspect of my classes, so I immediately picked the major when it became available and it was one of the best decisions that I made.

    My favorite moment at EDS by far was my first practicum experience under the PAL program at Ira Harbison Elementary School. I initially was there for 3 months, but I wound up staying there for nearly a whole year! I learned about the grave importance of diversity, equity, and representation in and out of the classroom. I left the classroom, but gained an interest in elementary education and remained an abundance of great friendships between both teacher and students! My advice to future EDS Students: Take a practicum class as early as you can! Those moments you'll make will be the highlights of your college career!

    I have the fortunate opportunity to continue my EDS path through the M.Ed/Credential Program here at UCSD, to become an elementary school teacher. I hope to start as an elementary school teacher, but I will also be simultaneously working on a certification in both Teaching English as a Second Language and Children's Book Illustrations. Maybe you'll see a children's book illustrated by me in the future!

  • Gabi Gjata

    Gabi Gjata

    My name is Gabi Gjata, and I'm from Encinitas, CA. I majored in Education Sciences and minored in Language Studies with a focus in Spanish. I chose EDS because my goal is to become a bilingual elementary school teacher. My interest in becoming a bilingual teacher sparked when I was enrolled in a Dual Language Immersion program in elementary school where I experienced the value of learning a second language. An influential EDS experience I had was when I was enrolled in EDS 130/139 and had the opportunity to mentor students. Mentoring these students showed me how much of an impact teachers can truly have on the lives of others. This only continued to expand my interest in becoming a teacher. Some words of advice I have for EDS students is if you plan on taking the CSET (or any other exam) for grad school, take it early (beginning of senior year) - you'll be happy you got it out of the way! Starting this fall I am excited to announce that I will be a graduate student enrolled in UCSD's M.Ed./Multiple Subject Credential Program where I will be working towards becoming an elementary school teacher.

  • Rachel Loustaunau

    Rachel Loustaunau

    Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Loustaunau, and I was born and raised in Riverside, California. I am graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Education Sciences, although I first entered UCSD as a Biochemistry and Cell Biology major in Fall 2017. UCSD was my dream school, and I was ecstatic to join Thurgood Marshall College as a freshman. However, my first year at UCSD was tumultuous, to say the least. I found myself ruminating over feelings of homesickness and a lack of certainty about my future after college. My academic performance suffered greatly as a result of my mental health in my first two years of college. Without a clear direction of my own future, I finished my sophomore year as a Chemistry major in 2019, and I withdrew from UCSD to enroll in my hometown community college at Riverside City College. 

    At Riverside City College, I took a course called “Teaching in a Diverse Society,” where I learned about concepts such as intersectionality, microaggressions, and anti-bias education. This course was a major factor in my future decision to become an Education Sciences major, and I learned that the Education Sciences major was officially established during the 2019-2020 academic year at UCSD. Although my previous experiences at UCSD were almost exclusively related to the courses in my STEM major, I recall taking EDS 130 in my sophomore year, and I remember the joy and fulfillment I had when working with first graders in an underserved community in San Diego. Through EDS 130, I learned that education goes beyond test scores and traditional means of measuring knowledge. I learned that social-emotional learning is a fundamental component of educational systems, be it K-12 or higher education. That said, one of the most memorable experiences I had in EDS 130 was the time I attended an award ceremony for the first graders I tutored and mentored, and both of my mentees received an award for their exemplary academic performance! I felt so proud knowing that my mentees and the rest of the classroom were the beneficiaries of service-learning through the PAL program here at EDS. Also, I felt humbled knowing that the lived experiences of these students are much different than my own, but it inspired me to continue to pursue educational equity and social justice when I obtain a career in the education field in my hometown. Fast forward to the present, I obtained two associate degrees from Riverside City College, and I am finishing up my studies at UCSD.

    Future EDS students, thank you for choosing this field of study! The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how invaluable educators, counselors, tutors, and mentors are for their students. While the pandemic has taken a toll on historically-marginalized communities, education is renowned as a stepping stone towards social mobility and personal agency. I would highly encourage you to participate in the PAL program if possible, as those courses will guide you throughout your career and your personal life as well. My ultimate goal is to become a high school counselor, so that I may guide students who may need assistance in their academic journey like I did. Lastly, believe in yourselves and the communities you work with! Every EDS course I took was an absolute pleasure, and equipped me with the knowledge needed to best serve the future generation of scholars. Best of luck in your academic endeavors, EDS students!

  • Jaqueline Munive

    Jaqueline Munive

    Hello everyone! My name is Jaqueline. I am from Gardena, CA. I will be graduating with a B.A. in Sociology and a B.S. in Education Sciences. I chose EDS after taking my first EDS course during my first year of college. Not only did I find the course relevant to my life, but I also had such a positive experience with the professor. Since then, I knew that it was important for me to major in something that interested me, but also to find a department where I could find a supportive community. My favorite EDS experience has been conducting research through the action research courses. I was able to learn about a topic of my interest all while learning about topics that my peers were conducting research on.  My advice to future EDS students is to not be afraid to reach out to your peers and professors. I have met some of the most caring professors that want the best for their students. Take advantage of all the opportunities and be open-minded.This upcoming fall I will be attending Graduate school to obtain my Master’s in Postsecondary Administration and Students Affairs at the University of Southern California. This wouldn’t have been possible without the constant support and encouragement from professors like Dr. Luz Chung and Dr. Jones Makeba. I will always be thankful for all the opportunities, courses, faculty, and staff who have inspired me and have influenced my decision in pursuing a career in higher education. 

  • Gabriela Navarro

    Gabriela Navarro

    Hi everybody! My name is Gabriela Navarro and I am graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education Studies and a double minor in Linguistics and Human Development from Marshall College. I grew up in Hemet, CA which is a predominantly hispanic community in Riverside county. Although most of my peers were people of color like me, a majority of the teachers that I had were not. I feel that in many ways, this deprived me from seeing my own cultural representation within my school system. As a person of color, I recognize that my experiences are not unique. For this reason, my biggest drive for becoming a teacher is to acknowledge diversity within my future students in order to help them realize and reach their full potential. I also want to contribute to the diversity of teachers so that students who look like me can hopefully feel represented in their education. Being part of the EDS program as an undergraduate at UCSD inspired me to become a teacher that respects the cultures and values of all of my students in order to better serve my community. 

    I am proud to say that I will be attending UCSD as a graduate student in the fall to work towards earning my M.Ed with a Multiple Subject teaching credential. My advice for current and future EDS students is to strive to create change where you recognize the need. As future educators, we have the power to shape the next generation of students by reflecting on our own experiences and being open-minded to the experiences of others to break stereotypes within the classroom. I would like to congratulate you for choosing such a rewarding field where you can make a positive difference in the lives of many students whether it be in the classroom or through administration.