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GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT AWARD
ALEJANDRO JACKY USES NONTRADITIONAL
Alejandro Jacky, one of the recipients of the 2005
Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, speaks English and Spanish, but
the most important language he uses daily is that of a teacher.
In communicating with students, Jacky, a graduate teaching fellow
in the Modern and Classical Languages Department, employs traditional
and nontraditional teaching tools, such as episodes of “The
“Each individual’s learning style is as unique as the
person,” wrote Jacky in a statement about his teaching philosophy.
“I want to impress the importance of variety in lesson plans.”
Additionally, Jacky makes students feel at ease through his passion
“One of the things that makes him special is that he truly
enjoys teaching,” said former student Chris Griffin. “In
turn, his students truly enjoy learning from him.”
Teaching excellence awards of $1,000 and a trophy are presented
to two graduate students. Nominees must have been teaching assistants
or fellows for at least two semesters.
Staff writer Mike Emery