My name is Jacqueline Acosta and I am in my 5th year of education. Boy, has it been a journey. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso (go Miners!) and .
After graduation I moved out to Austin, TX where I worked as a science tutor. This work shed light on my passion for education; I received my alternative teaching certificate with an endorsement in science one year later.
In between school years I worked with the National Park Service (NPS) and the United Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a biological technician. I used my bachelors degree to collect data for both entities to determine the change of the land over time (evolution).
Each school year I would get to relate my summer work to my students making science much more exciting.
In my free time my dog Bandit keeps me busy with walks, food thieving and love. I am a member of the book of the month and am more excited than one should be when a new book arrives at your doorstep. I am always practicing my botany skills on outings and challenging myself to identify every plant.
During the summer, I travel to Texas to visit family and friends. I am currently practicing and enhancing my Spanish fluency for a trip to Chile. It will be my first travel destination overseas. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy traveling in the United States with Bandit and am taking in as much of the New Mexican culture as I can.
Menaul School offers a science teacher’s dream: the ability to explore and engage in science with students so that they, too, can be excited about STEM. This freedom allows me to grow as a teacher and mentor for my students and fosters the love for inquiring for my students.
Ms. Acosta has a Bachelor of Science in ecology and evolution from the University of Texas at El Paso.