Senior Lucille Luan traveled far from her family in Cupertino, California to pursue an education at Illinois, but she's always at home with the College of Education. Lucille comes from a family of educators, and says "I was naturally drawn to the idea of becoming a teacher since my early exposure to family members who were teachers! My grandma, my dad, and my previous professors and teachers are all strong influences."
A little bit about Lucille:
Q: Where is home for you?
A: I'm from Cupertino, California.
Q: What is your year and major?
A: I'm a senior and Middle Grades Education Major, with a minor in History and English.
Q: What do you enjoy about the campus experience, so far?
A: Being connected with so many excellent facilities and highly qualified faculty who research in similar education domains as me.
Q: How did you know you wanted to go into the field of education?
A: I was naturally drawn to the idea of becoming a teacher since my early exposure to family members who were teachers! My grandma, my dad, and my previous professors and teachers are all strong influences.
Q: What do you enjoy about the College of Education?
A: How interconnected everyone is with one another! It makes the college feel smaller and like a family.
Q: Do you have a favorite professor or course? Why?
A: Professor Rabin (my history professor)! She is so supportive and open! I love her energy and I can always count on her to make me smile.
Q: What is a fun fact about yourself?
A: I am a proud Californian who is a self-described dog lover and food fanatic.
Q: Tell us about your future career plans after graduating and why you want to pursue that field.
A: I plan on continuing my college studies by pursuing a graduate degree in education. I am very interested in researching educational inquires, such as the pedagogy of radical social and racial movements, the disparities between social identities in a school setting, the transformative functions of language and literacy (researching meaningful questions like “Is Standard English Racist?”), in order to become a highly-skilled practitioner who can mindfully incorporate specific evidence-based teaching strategies within my future diverse classroom.
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