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Cecilia Melendez

Cecilia Meléndez




Education: M.Ed. and Teaching Credential, University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. in Psychology, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), Guadalajara, Mexico.

 I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. My parents were immigrants from Mexico. My father wanted us to be honorable citizens of this new country and therefore, education was always very important in my home. I grew up speaking Spanish at home and learned English in school. As I was growing up we constantly traveled back and forth to Mexico to visit family. When I graduated high school, I decided to go live in Mexico, explore my culture and improve my Spanish skills. I lived there 5 years in which I received a degree in psychology. During my last year at the university I did some volunteer work at a school and fell in love with teaching. I returned home to the United States and worked in a preschool for 2 years. It was clear that I needed to pursue a teaching credential and so I did. When I finished, I was hired at Isla Vista Elementary School, where we have students from all over the world. I have always been intrigued by the learning of languages and loved teaching English to children from many parts of the world. As I settled into my teaching career I began thinking of my next move. I wanted to teach ESL to adults! In 2004, this goal came true for me as I was hired at SBCC. I taught Writing 4 for many semesters and then had the opportunity to try something new, Grammar 1. Since then I’ve taught many other courses and have enjoyed each semester. I truly enjoy teaching and wouldn’t want to do anything else. I know how hard it is to learn a second language, I admire students who are determined to do that, and I enjoy being part of that process.

In my free time I enjoy reading, watching movies, going to the gym, and sharing time with my two children.

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