SOLES Alumna Spotlight: Marie Webb '13 (MEd), TESOL

Marie Webb
begin quoteTake advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, because once you are gone you will wish you had been more active in the program!

Tell us about your SOLES degree program and why you chose it.

I studied in the MEd in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture program because I knew that I would get the opportunity to participate in a well-developed practicum, observe courses that I hoped to teach in the future, and learn valuable research skills.

Who was your favorite professor in SOLES? 

I had so many dedicated professors that it is impossible for me to choose just one! I really enjoyed taking courses with Dr. Manasse and Mary Gross, who were both teaching in the community college system at the time of teaching my courses. They had a lot of practical activities to share with us.

How did you complete the international experience requirement?

I went down to Tijuana to participate in building a home to satisfy the requirement.

Where was your favorite place on campus?

My favorite place on campus was the reading room in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall!

What is your fondest memory of being at SOLES? 

Every time that I go back to SOLES, I bump into someone I know! The environment is always welcoming.

Tell us a little bit about your journey since graduating.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I successfully completed my PhD in English: Composition and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I'm lucky to be teaching graduate and undergraduate writing and communication courses at the University of Santa Barbara in the English for Multilingual Students program. 

How has your SOLES education impacted your career? 

SOLES educates the whole person. The small class sizes are something that I always enjoyed as I got to know my peers, both personally and professionally. 

How have you remained involved with SOLES since you graduated?

Since graduating from SOLES, I have volunteered in the TESOL program to listen to capstone project presentations. I also taught one graduate course in linguistics, which led me to pursue my PhD. 

If you could offer a current SOLES student advice, what would it be?

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, because once you are gone you will wish you had been more active in the program! Don't take any of the opportunities for research or professional development for granted!

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Amanda Gonzales
amanda@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4539

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