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Gabby Ganino

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Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Major: Elementary Education

Minor: Spanish

Why did you choose your major at Lasell?
I chose my major because I have always loved working with children. In high school, I took a class that allowed me to work in the preschool we had there. From that experience, it made me want to continue in the field to help students grow and learn. I've also had some amazing teachers in the past and I hope that I can emulate them one day and inspire my students like my teachers inspired me. After graduating I hope to become a first or second grade teacher.

What was it that brought you to Lasell, particularly in regard to your major?
I chose Lasell because I had heard about connected learning. I wanted to be able to connect what I'm learning in the classroom and apply it immediately to the real world. The courses in the Education major really have you connect what you learn in the classroom and apply it to a real school setting.

What activities are you involved in or have been involved in (clubs, activities, athletics, etc.)?
Some clubs that I'm involved in on campus are the Outdoor Adventure Club, Tomorrow's Teachers, and Empty Bowls. I am also treasurer of the Junior Class Committee. I also work for Chartwells in the dining hall as a cashier and the Admissions office as a student ambassador for Blue Key Society, where I give tours to perspective students.

Any internship you may have done, or are looking to do? 
Being an elementary education major, I have been in my pre-practicums since second semester freshman year. My first year I taught lessons at the Williams School after school program to the second graders. For my second year I was in the Haley Pilot School in a first-grade classroom. The third year I am in Lincoln Eliot in a second-grade classroom for one semester and for the other I am back in first grade.

Favorite class you have taken at Lasell?
My favorite class that I have taken at Lasell was my education course on Supporting Learner Variability. This was my favorite because it focused on how to teach all types of students and not just cater to one group within a classroom. This is so important because as a future teacher I want to make sure all my students are on the same page and grasping the information and this class showed me how to do that.

What do you like to do off campus or in Boston?
When off campus, I spend my time in Boston. I love to do anything there such as walking around Boston Common, going to the New England Aquarium or hanging out in Faneuil Hall.

Do you have an interesting story or great memory from Lasell that you would be willing to share?
A great memory I have is freshman year I was able to sign up to go White Water Rafting with the Outdoor Adventure Club. I love any type of activity that is outdoors but coming in as a freshman I was apprehensive about this trip because I was shy. Once on this trip I broke out of my shell and had a blast and made some really amazing friends.