Student Spotlight: Jessica Suess | Los Gatos, CA

This student spotlight was written by Jessica Suess. Jessica has a background in coaching competitive swimming. She is excited about bringing her skills to the classroom and creating inquiry-based classroom settings.

Hello Trojans!

I’m Jessica Suess, a full-time student in USC Rossier’s online Master of Arts in Teaching with single subject credential program. I currently live in Los Gatos, California — a small town in the Bay Area. Although the idea of pursuing a career in teaching didn’t come to me until later in life, my grandmother said she always knew I was going to be a teacher. As a young girl, I often spent summers with her and she would find me in my room teaching countless stuffed animals that were lined up, listening to a lesson.

My passion for learning and exploring initially lead me to a career in coaching competitive swimming. I coached three co-ed teams of various ages and abilities full time for a local club, as well as seasonally for a local high school. It was this love for coaching and working with children that led me to pursue a career in teaching.

Although the decision came naturally, choosing the right graduate program to help me reach my goal was not. I looked at many campus and web-based schools in California as well as on the East coast. However, when comparing course requirements and considering the steps I would need to take to prepare myself for a career in education, USC’s online program always came out on top.

What I love most about the program is the teacher-to-student and classmate interaction that is generally lost in traditional online schools’ formats. Real-time teacher feedback and collaboration with classmates make the learning process all the more fun and fulfilling. It is nice to know that your professor and classmates all can put a face to a name and care about your success as a student.

One thing I love about teaching that I have noticed from time spent in classrooms is that the students always want you to know more than you do. It is that drive for more knowledge that keeps me excited about becoming a teacher and creating an inquiry-based classroom that can feed student curiosity.