After a fun and rewarding year in prepa, Alyssa is excited to return to Santa Mónica and move up to first grade with her students. Originally from Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Alyssa graduated from Stonehill College in 2013 with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, she had many valuable experiences observing and teaching in diverse classrooms. She discovered her love for the Spanish language, Latin American culture, and service through several trips to schools in the Dominican Republic and Perú. She also spent a semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain, where she volunteered as a teaching assistant in English classes. This year, Alyssa is looking forward to spending more time with the families she has met, growing as a teacher, and continuing to improve her Spanish.