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Love of Learning and Teaching Leads to State Department Fellowship

Love of Learning-Now, as a result of her diligence and the support of her Wesleyan peers, Cardona will go on a 10-month fellowship project as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2022–23 English Language Fellow Program to teach English and train instructors in Okinawa, Japan.

“Kristen’s enthusiasm and inventiveness make whatever space she is in come alive, whether it be an office, a school, or a Zoom conference. We shall miss her, but I’m sure she’ll be an inspiration to her new Japanese coworkers and have fun.

Jennifer Curran, Director, Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies, stated, “I am extremely thrilled to inform our students about her honour, and I hope that it motivates other students to take what they’ve learned and utilise it to construct that next great adventure.

Cardona began her profession by spending 15 years instructing English and Spanish as a Second Language in the classroom. Although she had a successful and fruitful tenure, Cardona started to consider her current situation. She remarked, “I felt like I needed a change.

She accepted a fellowship and taught in another country, but nothing after class spoke to her in the manner she had planned. Cardona stated, “I yearned for that intellectual stimulation, so I began taking some Graduate Liberal Studies classes just as a one-off, not to seek the degree, but to experience that setting.

Cardona was so enamoured with the courses that she made the decision to join the faculty, accepting a position as a programme coordinator in the office of continuing education.

Her insight was crucial to the Continuing Studies team’s efforts. “Kristen aided us in comprehending the special requirements of instructors in public schools. Glenn Knight, associate director of continuing studies, praised her as a great resource for instructors thinking about returning to school while still working.

Old interests resurfaced as she sought to enhance the Bachelor of Liberal Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies programmes: “The one thing I continued to miss was teaching and working with curriculum,” she remarked.
When it came time to create a thesis topic, Cardona was certain that it was crucial to her to assist teachers in navigating the challenges of a COVID-era classroom.

Her thesis, a practical investigation of how encouraging creativity in the classroom setting affects a child’s academic and socioemotional results, was inspired by a course on the relationship between creativity and learning.

In the opening of her thesis, Cardona stated, “As the effects of the worldwide pandemic spread last year, I… wondered how creativity could support the area of education at this moment of global crisis and upheaval.”

She believed that a prestigious fellowship was within her reach because of the degree of immersion and assistance she got during her Wesleyan education.

“The chance for creative expression and the respect of various thought processes are two things I admire about the Wesleyan classroom. There isn’t a screenplay or a set formula,” she remarked.

Curran is overjoyed by the notion that Cardona’s education at Wesleyan and her time on campus contributed to her selection. “We aim that GLS students develop analytical, imaginative, and creative writing abilities that motivate them to actively participate in their environment.

Most are employed adults who can contribute to.We have had students go on to medical school, law school, and PhD programmes, establish successful acting careers, even lead Olympic sporting teams. However, most of our students choose careers in teaching.

Kristen Cardona, MPhil ’22, has always been passionate about education. She pursued a profession as an elementary and middle school teacher as a result of that.

She was motivated by it to enrol in a few Wesleyan courses, work for the Office of Continuing Education, and get her own Master of Philosophy in Liberal Arts degree (with an award-winning thesis project).

Now, as a result of her diligence and the support of her Wesleyan peers, Cardona will go on a 10-month fellowship project as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2022–23 English Language Fellow Program to teach English and train instructors in Okinawa, Japan.

“Kristen’s enthusiasm and inventiveness make whatever space she is in come alive, whether it be an office, a school, or a Zoom conference. We shall miss her, but I’m sure she’ll be an inspiration to her new Japanese coworkers and have fun.

Jennifer Curran, Director, Continuing Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies, stated, “I am extremely thrilled to inform our students about her honour, and I hope that it motivates other students to take what they’ve learned and utilise it to construct that next great adventure.

Cardona began her profession by spending 15 years instructing English and Spanish as a Second Language in the classroom. Although she had a successful and fruitful tenure, Cardona started to consider her current situation. She remarked, “I felt like I needed a change.

She accepted a fellowship and taught in another country, but nothing after class spoke to her in the manner she had planned. Cardona stated, “I yearned for that intellectual stimulation, so I began taking some Graduate Liberal Studies classes just as a one-off, not to seek the degree, but to experience that setting.

Cardona was so enamoured with the courses that she made the decision to join the faculty, accepting a position as a programme coordinator in the office of continuing education. Her insight was crucial to the Continuing Studies team’s efforts.

“Kristen aided us in comprehending the special requirements of instructors in public schools. Glenn Knight, associate director of continuing studies, praised her as a great resource for instructors thinking about returning to school while still working.
Old interests resurfaced as she sought to enhance the Bachelor of Liberal Studies and Graduate Liberal Studies programmes:

“The one thing I continued to miss was teaching and working with curriculum,” she remarked.
When it came time to create a thesis topic, Cardona was certain that it was crucial to her to assist teachers in navigating the challenges of a COVID-era classroom.

Her thesis, a practical investigation of how encouraging creativity in the classroom setting affects a child’s academic and social emotional results, was inspired by a course on the relationship between creativity and learning.

In the opening of her thesis, Cardona stated, “As the effects of the worldwide pandemic spread last year, I… wondered how creativity could support the area of education at this moment of global crisis and upheaval.”

She believed that a prestigious fellowship was within her reach because of the degree of immersion and assistance she got during her Wesleyan education. “The chance for creative expression and the respect of various thought processes are two things I admire about the Wesleyan classroom. There isn’t a screenplay or a set formula,” she remarked.

Curran is overjoyed by the notion that Cardona’s education at Wesleyan and her time on campus contributed to her selection. “We aim that GLS students develop analytical, imaginative, and creative writing abilities that motivate them to actively participate in their environment.

Most are employed adults who can contribute to.We have had students go on to medical school, law school, and PhD programmes, establish successful acting careers, even lead Olympic sporting teams. However, most of our students choose careers in teaching.

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