Student Spotlight: Stefany Olmos | Corona, CA

My name is Stefany Olmos and I am a current student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at USC. Getting to the place where I am right now hasn’t been as easy as some people may think. Being an immigrant from Mexico has set up many roadblocks for my family and I as I was growing up. I am lucky to say that I have been able to pursue my lifelong dream of being a teacher, despite the numerous burdens we encountered.

Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher. When the time finally came to start looking for the right school, the USC Rossier Online Master of Arts in Teaching Program seemed to be a no brainer. I originally was going to attend classes on campus, but decided that the online option would let me continue living my life the way I had been doing so without having to sacrifice many things such as, the freedom to relocate, money, time, gas, and especially my two jobs. USC Rossier Online has given me the opportunity to be able to get a great education without having to turn my life upside down in order to do so.

I have always wanted to become a teacher because teachers change lives. I find that there are not many other professions in which you can contribute to one’s learning as a student, but also as a teacher. Without teachers there wouldn’t be any doctors, firemen, police officers, etc. I want to be the person who helps educate those who will shape our future.

I know that with the education I am getting at USC I will be ready to make a difference in lives through the art of teaching. Once I complete my MAT degree at USC my goal is to become a teacher in a K–2 classroom.  I believe that kindergarten through second grade are the most crucial grades because they set up a foundation for learning for the students.

As previously mentioned, I have two jobs, which are both in education. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to apply what I learn through the MAT program, with the students that I encounter everyday. Although I do not have a classroom of my own yet, I see the application of my knowledge being effective when used at either one of my jobs.

I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me, but regardless of where it takes me, I know that I will be prepared because of the education that the MAT program is providing me. I have overcome roadblocks in the past, and USC is definitely preparing me for any other ones that may come my way. With that, Fight On!