Dr. Carolyn Kessler has known since she was in high school that she wanted to be a teacher. Inspired by her strong support system, she pursued her passion, and spent the first 11 years of her career teaching chemistry and French at the high school level. It wasn’t until a Catholic Sister suggested she would be good at it that she stumbled upon linguistics and discovered how much she enjoyed it. Dr. Kessler naturally progressed from there, and ended up becoming a professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Although she has since retired from that post, she intends to continue supporting the school and remain involved through the Retired Teachers Association at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Kessler has also used her expertise to extensively publish on topics like bilingual and second language acquisition, English as a secondary language, and the positive cognitive consequences of bilingualism. She has also contributed to many textbooks and has written curriculum. Dr. Kessler is motivated by setting the minds of students on fire; when they start they have no clue, and she gets the opportunity to make things real and understandable. She hopes to be remembered for helping others discover the joy of learning and for helping them pass it on to others.
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