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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Member Spotlight
Kelly Kovacic, Marshall 00

If you had to decide between a career as a lawyer and being someone’s guardian angel, which would you choose?

As a teacher at the Preuss School UCSD, Kelly Kovacic, Marshall ’00, lives out her dream every day. On top of that, she was named as one of the five California Teachers of the Year for 2010, and then chosen to represent the state at the National Teacher of the Year competition.

In college, Kovacic majored in history and minored in literature and the Teacher Education Program. She and her parents thought she would go on to law school, but then in her senior year she became involved in the new charter school experiment at UCSD—now known as the Preuss School. She volunteered her time working as a tutor for a 7th grade Advisory class and an 8th grade U.S. History class.

“My interest grew into a passion as I observed first-hand the difference a teacher can make,” Kovacic says. “Something special was happening at this school and to me.”

After earning a Master in Education and a California Clear Professional Teaching Credential at Stanford University, she returned to Preuss.  She has found that her work helps her reach out to a wide variety of students from diverse cultures, backgrounds and academic skills.

When one student, the first in his family to graduate from high school, received a full academic scholarship to college, Kovacic received a note from him: “You helped me survive my classes, hundreds of assignments, and many stressful days,” he wrote. “You lift me up when I am down. You are my guardian angel.”

Kovacic, who has been a life member of the Alumni Associ­ation since she graduated, believes that the experiences she had at UCSD, helped her discover her true passions in teaching.

“I prefer being a public school teacher,” Kovacic says, “and someone’s guardian angel.”

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Sarah Alaoui, Sixth 12