Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Sociology, University of Georgia K-8 Education, University of New Mexico S.E.I. Endorsement Elementary Education Endorsement
Ms. Kelsey Jernigan
Welcome – I am pleased to be joining the RioVista team this year as the 3-5 English Language Development teacher! I grew up in Georgia, and lived in New Mexico and Alaska before settling here with my Tucson-native husband and family. I have had many experiences of language immersion myself, mostly with Spanish in Peru and Mexico. I found the immersive experience to be both humbling and eye-opening, and I love helping English learners as they tackle the same challenges. I have taught grades K – 4 and volunteered with adult learners since 2003.
Defining Moment in Education – During my senior year of college, I began volunteering in my community’s adult English as a Second Language classes. It was then that I realized that my passion is teaching, especially when I can share my enthusiasm for language and cultural exchange. I completed my degree in Sociology, but returned to school as a Teach for America corps member and elementary education student at the University of New Mexico.
Core Educational Belief - My core educational belief is that each and every person loves learning. We all approach learning in unique ways, but caring teachers can help guide every student on a path to success.
Prior Experience –
Teach for America Corps Member, Navajo, NM – 3rd
Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat Elementary, Bethel, AK – K-2
Walter Douglas Elementary, Tucson, AZ – 4th