Leadership lived: Kelsey Marucco

Leadership lived: Kelsey Marucco


My name is Kelsey Marucco and I’m senior at
UIS and I’m majoring in psychology and elementary education. We are currently at Edinburg Elementary School
in Edinburg, Illinois and I’m currently observing a fourth grade classroom in order to get my
preclinical part done in the Teacher Ed Program. You can use your finger if that helps to not
skip a line. I’ve been observing a fourth and fifth grade
classroom here for the past few weeks and I’ve learned a lot about classroom management,
a little bit about lesson planning and how to conduct a classroom during lessons. There’s a lot of in class parts that we do
at UIS, but being here at the elementary school kind of gets me hands on in the classroom
and prepared more with what I will be dealing with no only when I student teach, but throughout
the rest of my career. I like how a lot of the teachers in our classes
are teachers themselves, so we go in the evening when they’re done with school and you’re talking
to someone who has experience, so they’re really helpful and give you a lot of advice
in that way, since they’ve been through everything. I am in the Honors Program. I work at TRAC, the gym on campus. I work at the Children’s Center on campus. I’m in a few honor societies, such as Kappa
Delta Phi, which is the educational one. I’m in Psi Chi, which is the psychology one. I’m also the education director for Sigma,
Sigma, Sigma, so that kind of is another route I took along with education. I did recently just get done with Dance Marathon. I was PR and social media for that. Before coming to college, I was more shy and
kept to myself, but UIS helped me become a bigger leader and get me out there more and
gave me a lot of opportunities in that aspect as well. I would love, just like this school, to stay
at a small school so I can be more personable to my students. I’m hoping to someday, since I am interested,
like I said I work at the gym, I hope to work and coach kids one day too alongside teaching. I’m really glad I went to UIS because it kept
me close to home, so I could stay with my family here and there, but I do live on campus,
so being there on campus allowed me to go out and do these opportunities day-to-day
and keep myself really busy and I’m glad I did all of those things.

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