North Central College - Naperville, IL
Elementary Education major, English Language Learning minor

Heidi knew she picked the right career path after her study abroad trip to Costa Rica.

“I learned a lot about myself and my passion for Spanish and education,” says Heidi, who spent part of the term teaching Spanish to a group of 10 orphaned kindergartners. “I was expected to teach with limited resources in my non-native language. I found I absolutely loved every single minute of it! I know what I want to do with the rest of my life—combine the two things I love: Spanish and education.”

Heidi plans to study abroad in Peru next. The knowledge gained on these types of trips, she says, is irreplaceable.

“By studying in Latin American countries, I’m more prepared to be an English language learning and bilingual educator,” she says. “I’m able to relate to students because I have knowledge of their culture, and I’ve learned a new language and survived in a country where they spoke my second language.”

After she graduates, Heidi wants to teach at a high-need school.

“North Central is helping make this dream a reality with its supportive faculty, study abroad experiences and great educational foundation.”