Deasy Hartenberger, Elementary Education — Early Childhood and ESL

Where are you from, and what brought you to UW–Madison?

I am originally from Chiapas, Mexico. I decided to pursue my education at UW–Madison because it is an inclusive university and one of the best universities for education majors.

What is your major, and how did you choose your major?

My major is in early childhood education with a minor in English as a second language. I chose this because I want to serve minority families, especially Hispanic communities.

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?

My most meaningful experience was being part of an amazing cohort. I considered them as my family, they were supportive, caring, and loving. I know by experience they care a great deal for children and families, and they are not afraid to disrupt white supremacy and abuse of authority.

What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?

It is impossible for me to choose one favorite class or professor. The classes with the greatest impact on me were: educating young English learners, methods of teaching young English learners, and language use and acquisition in early childhood. The reason is that English is not my primary language, and I relate to all the challenges that emergent bilingual students face daily.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

To not give up, build honest and long-lasting relationships with your classmates. Stay together; because together you can face any challenge. As my mother, a retired teacher, says, “No todo es miel sobre hojuelas” (Not everything is honey on the flakes), which means there will be bumps, be prepared.

How will you celebrate your graduation?

Taking a break from reading and homework! Just kidding.
Because of COVID, I can’t travel to Chiapas and celebrate graduation with my extended family and friends. I will celebrate it just with my spouse and daughter here at home.

What are your plans for the future?

Find a job as a bilingual teacher. I will continue taking classes to pursue my license as a bilingual teacher.

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