Edgar Perez

Master of Arts in Teaching – TESOL

Education: BA, Spanish, CSU Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: ESL Adjunct Instructor

Why did you choose USC Rossier?

My ESL teachers were extremely influential to me as a teenager growing up in Los Angeles. After a couple of hiccups in the retail world, I knew I wanted to do something that was going to be rewarding, so I decided to become a teacher. I started with the intention of teaching Spanish, but after driving to campus every day, I wanted something more convenient for my graduate studies. I had taken some online courses for my undergraduate degree, so I knew I could be successful in that environment. After taking my GRE tests, I came across an ad about the MAT – TESOL online program at USC Rossier. I did some research and sent my information request form. Once I saw the possibility becoming a reality, I knew I had made the right choice.

What do you love most about teaching?

When I arrived in the United States, I could not speak a word of English. My ESL teachers pushed me to be better, not because they had to, but because they loved to teach and they knew what it meant for me to learn English. They are and always will be my inspiration. I hope that someday another Edgar will come around and type something like this about me. That is what I love about teaching. I love that it provides us with the opportunity to be able to influence individuals in a positive way. Once they learn the language, nobody can take that away. As educators, we influence our society every day. Sometimes, there are students who don’t have a lot to come home to, and they look up to us for guidance. That is what teaching can provide — an opportunity to be a mentor.

What is your most memorable moment?

To be quite honest, the whole program has been truly memorable. I still remember all of the butterflies I felt when I got the email that I had been accepted. I was almost in tears. Later that day, I got a call from Ben, my Admissions Counselor. Even though I had received the email already, it wasn’t until I spoke with Ben that I truly felt that I was going to finally fulfill my dream of being a Trojan.

What is next for you? What do you plan to do after graduation?

Now that I have graduated, I am working on getting some experience doing all of the wonderful things we learned in this program. I am currently teaching up the street at Los Angeles City College as an ESL adjunct instructor. I hope to be there for many years. I also hope to be able to continue on to a doctorate program in the future either in Spanish or English linguistics.

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