Community Builder

When it came time to choose a college, Genesis Martinez ’21 knew that she wanted a place where connections could be made effortlessly. Elms College fit the bill perfectly, she said, because of its small atmosphere.

“My professors have been able to cultivate great communities, even with the move to online,” said the Springfield local. “I knew I wasn’t going to get that at a bigger school.”

Genesis Martinez ’21

While she started her journey at Elms as a psychology major, Genesis switched to elementary education after her first semester. The biggest advantage to majoring in education, she said, is that you begin observing schools right away.

“By the time you’re doing your practicum, you should feel comfortable,” she said, noting that her teaching experiences have helped her become a more confident leader. “I recommend visiting as many schools as possible, so that you can get a feel for where and what grade level you want to teach.”

“One thing I’ve learned during my time at Elms is that my professors are there to help me. They understand real-life obstacles, and all that they ask is that I keep in contact with them.”

Following graduation, Genesis plans on staying in her local community and teaching upper elementary school in the Springfield Public Schools district. Her advice to students thinking about careers in education is to take advantage of all the opportunities to connect at Elms.

“Build a community around you,” she said. “Elms has so many resources — and wants to help — so don’t be afraid to use them.”