2013 Century Scholar
Melissa Guzman learned the value of hard work and sacrifice from her parents, who work multiple jobs to make ends meet. At home, Melissa does her part by caring for her younger siblings and working two part-time jobs, in addition to attending school. She is driven by her dream of becoming a teacher. Melissa, a first-generation college student majoring in education, completed her freshman year at KCC with a 3.2 grade point average.
She aspires to be a role model to other Hispanics and to show her family that all of their love and sacrifice has been worthwhile.
Melissa is bilingual and English is her second language. While growing up, she admired her teachers and began her quest to become a teacher. She currently volunteers in a bilingual kindergarten class at Taft Elementary School in Kankakee, where she enjoys instilling a love of learning in the students along with assisting the teachers.
After completing an associate degree at KCC, Melissa plans to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in education with an English as a Second Language endorsement.