Jaclyn Krizovensky '15

MEd TESOL, Literacy and Culture

Jaclyn Krizovensky graduated from American University's School of International Service with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Spanish in 2011. Her focus in undergraduate study was US Foreign Policy and Latin America. Her interest in foreign affairs, education and development led her to El Progreso, Honduras post graduation where she spent one month working for an educational nonprofit assisting students with learning English. Upon her return to the United States, she served as contractor to the Department of Justice and as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for the Next Step Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Her experience at The Next Step further developed her interest in development, primarily with the education inequality that exists in Latin America, and ignited an interest in adult education programs within the United States. While she enjoyed her work, she knew that in order to better serve her students educational needs, she would have to expand her own education. Thus, her experience at The Next Step Public Charter School prompted her to pursue a Master’s in Education in TESOL from the University of San Diego.

While in the program, Jaclyn served as an assistant to Dr. Molina in her research with Kenyan students at KITO International School. She provided virtual instruction and feedback to the students using an online class management system. Throughout the her experience in the TESOL program at the university, Jaclyn was fortunate enough to have a position as an ESL instructor at an open enrollment adult language school in San Diego. Teaching while being simultaneously enrolled in the program benefited Jaclyn as it enabled her to utilize the skills she learned in her program in her classroom. It was this experience that inspired her case study research—an analysis of student, instructor and administrator perspectives of the role and purpose of assessment within open enrollment programs.

Jaclyn graduated from USD in May of 2015 and is now working as an adjunct ESL instructor through Mesa Community College and Cuyamaca Community College, and an ESL instructor at Q International School. Teaching at various locations has given her the opportunity to work with diverse populations of adult international students, including refugees. She has experience in teaching basic writing, grammar, composition, reading, writing, speaking, listening and conversation classes. In the future she hopes to further her education by pursuing a PhD in linguistics, education or TESOL.