By Desiree Williams
Gina Iacobucci, 23, graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2012. After graduating from Ball State University in May of 2016, she began her career as a history teacher at New Palestine High School.
Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?
A: Choir and history for sure. I really liked my AP U.S. History with Ms. Chandler. I also did We The People, which is like a class where you learn about government and you have to write essays analyzing The Constitution and take them to competitions, which was really fun. Choir was great too because I went there twice a day my senior year. My brothers both did it too, so it’s a family thing I guess.
Q: Do you remember your most influential high school class or teacher?
A: Ms. Chandler because she made me want to be a history teacher. She’s also kind of my mentor now that I actually am a teacher.
Q: What interests you about history?
A: There are so many stories in it. I tell my students sometimes that history is awesome because there is something in it for everyone.
Q: Did you join any organizations while in college?
A: I was in Alpha Chi Omega, a sorority there. I was their academic chairperson. I really liked that. I was in that all four years. I guess that took up a lot of my time because it also gave me volunteer opportunities and leadership opportunities.
Q: What did you study?
A: I double majored in history and social studies education.
Q: Would you say you’re in your dream job or is there something else you want to do?
A: For now, this is all I would want to be doing. The way teaching is going, it’s really really fun and everyday is different. I think it’s unlike any other job you could really do, so I don’t think that I’d want to do anything else.
Q: What’s teaching been like for you?
A: It’s been fun. Everyday is different. I get to go to school and talk about history, which I like. The kids are so funny. They make me laugh all the time. They also impress me with how hard they’re willing to work on things and how curious they are about things.
Q: Do you want to stay in Indiana?
A: I lived in Ireland for two months last spring because I did my student teaching there, so I got a little taste of what it would be like to live in a different country because I was always curious about it. I really liked it, but definitely more comfortable in the U.S.
I taught at an all-girls school there, which was interesting. I studied abroad twice in college and that’s something I would highly recommend to people because it was so great. So, I’ve been to like 16 different countries through vacations or study abroad in college. I spent three weeks in Eastern Europe, like a bunch of places I probably wouldn’t have gone to on my own.
Q: Do you have any advice for people going into high school or college?
A: The first thing I would say is to take advantage of opportunities while you’re in college for getting involved in things or for study abroad, especially, because that’s a really good time to do something like that. Also, I think it’s really important to know what you like to do and pursue something that you enjoy. It’s so much easier to go to class when you’re actually interested in the subject you’re learning about.