In third grade, Lucina taught long division crouched on the tiles of her school’s hallway; as her peers gained confidence, she sent them to teach others. She has seen teaching and learning as inextricable ever since, which is why she coaches students to become their own best teachers.
As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Lucina balanced her literary studies with work at Princeton’s Writing Center. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in English, summa cum laude, phi beta kappa, and with two Departmental Prizes. After graduating, Lucina completed Princeton’s Teacher Preparation Program with coursework and student teaching at Princeton High School. Her CEAS certificate qualifies her to teach English in New Jersey public schools. In early 2020, as the recipient of a Fulbright grant, Lucina taught English language and academic writing at the University of Limpopo, South Africa.
Lucina’s time offering one-on-one conferences at Princeton’s Writing Center showed her that posing questions instead of dispensing knowledge gives students dignity and autonomy. In her most fulfilling conferences, students left energized and excited to do further revision. Lucina brought her love of individualized attention to her classroom teaching. When she wasn’t leading whole-class activities, she was invariably crouched next to students’ desks, offering guidance and encouragement. She often met with students outside of class, especially for mental-health challenges and English language learning. Lucina’s undergraduate students in Limpopo spoke Sepedi, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, and aspired to speak fluent English in their professional lives. Lucina designed lessons around their multilingual strengths; for example, in English for Health Professions, she approached medical terminology through Greek and Latin roots.
Lucina encourages enthusiastic learners, but she also knows that tentative learners are full of unexpressed insights—which she loves to elicit. She wants her students to see academic skills as tools they can wield to enrich their lives and communities. In her spare time, Lucina is a classical musician, baker, and daily walker.