Alumnus Alyson Giacalone graduated in 2010 and went to Tarrant County College, South Plains College and Texas Tech University. While in high school Giacalone danced with the Silver Spurs.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduating from Legacy High School in June 2010, I went to TCC for a semester, then transferred to South Plains college in Lubbock and received my Associates degree of Arts in Education, and then transferred to Texas Tech University, where I received my Bachelors Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education,” Giacalone said.
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
I have always known I wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until my Junior year when I signed up to be in Ready Set Teach,” Giacalone said. “I am not sure if that is still something available to students. But it solidified my desire to want to become a teacher. And I also had some pretty awesome teachers throughout my years in elementary, middle and high school who influenced me as well. Mrs. Lowry, Mrs. Shack, and Mrs. Shimmy are just a few to mention.”
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Something I have learned is that life is short and anything can happen,” Giacalone said. “So cherish the moments and friends you make while in high school and beyond. I know it sounds cliche but high school flies by. So don’t rush it. I remember always saying, ‘I can’t wait to get out of high school and go to college,’ so I know many of you are saying that as well. Take it one day at a time. Graduation will come quicker than you know it and next you’ll be 26, answering alumni questions like me. lol.”
Explain your job now
“I am currently the Lead Pre-K teacher at a private school here in Mansfield,” Giacalone said. “It is amazing and I love that after all the time spent in Lubbock I am now back in my hometown, teaching. It is exactly what I wanted going into the Tech Teach program.”
What are your plans for the future?
“My plans for the future are to continue my journey as a teacher and start a family, and hopefully open up some type of dog business,” Giacalone said. “I haven’t thought of exactly what I want to do with it yet, but it’s cooking up there in my head.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice to high schoolers would be to take those TCC classes they offer while you’re in high school,” Giacalone said. “I promise it will benefit you. And for seniors who are unsure of what they want to do with their life. It is okay. You will find your path, whether it be in school or something else. Also, know that it is okay to not graduate college in 4 years. I wish someone would have told my freshman self in college that it’s okay to not graduate in 4 years. And guess what. I didn’t. It took me 7 and that is okay because I am now exactly where I want to be with the exact job that I have always wanted in my hometown.”