Jessica Carchichabla’s journey here began when she was one and a half years old, coming to the United States from Ecuador with her parents and six older sisters. None of them spoke English so they went to school and learned. Jessica was in the ESL class till fourth grade and then, as she puts it, “I blossomed”. Their parents with great faith, perseverance, and hard work supported their daughters and they have come a long way in nursing, accounting, department of justice, business, and hospital service. Jessica, experiencing going to school as a non-speaker of English, had great empathy for folks in the same situation. This is what led her to “One to One Learning” in her junior year of high school to volunteer and to continue during her years at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She is now in her junior year, majoring in Spanish Secondary Education with teacher certification in grades 9-12. Next year will be devoted to practice teaching and finishing up courses. Because of her experience at One to One, Jessica is planning to get her Masters Degree at Hunter in TESOL. Jessica has brought her recent class from the beginner level last year to the completion of the “Side by Side” Level I book. She has a gentle way about her and has used some of her teaching techniques learned at STAC with her students. Although her schedule has been busy, Jessica rarely misses class. Her students are aware of her concern for them and they work hard to succeed. One to One Learning proudly honors Jessica Carchichabla with the 2016 Teacher Award for her dedication to teaching throughout her years in high school and college.