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Teacher shares passion for education, travel

Talks importance of learning through exploration

May 4, 2017
By MAXWELL SCOTT - Austintown Fitch High School freshman , The Town Crier

Editor's note: This is part of a weekly series featuring stories written by Austintown Fitch High School journalism students. Each story will focus on a Fitch educator.

AUSTINTOWN - Lisa Costello said she loves teaching because she gets a chance to watch her students grow.

A Spanish teacher at Austintown Fitch High School, Costello was born in 1970 in Youngstown.

She learned Spanish and minored in business and French at Youngstown State University for five years before attending the University of Guadalajara in Mexico for almost a year, Seattle University for an Intensive ESL program and Kent State for a semester for Spanish translation.

Costello said she's been teaching for 20 years, 18 at Fitch and two in Seoul, South Korea.

She said her best memories at Fitch stem from her earlier years of teaching, when, she said, the teachers weren't rushed and the staff had more time to learn about the culture of the subject.

Costello said teachers play a huge role in young adults' lives. However, while educators often learn a lot about their students, she said, pupils rarely get a chance to see what's happening behind the other side of the desk.

Costello has always had a passion for education, which, she said, originated from teaching children to ride horses. Costello then combined her passion for teaching with Spanish, a language she said she always was good at, adding that it just naturally came to her.

Costello said she loves the outdoors and her hobbies consist of mountain biking, bike racing, road cycling, camping, traveling, cooking and eating.

She is currently training to complete a mountain bike stage race in Breckenridge, Colo. - The Breck Epic, a three-day race with 35- to 50-mile backcountry loops.

When she's not teaching, Costello's also learning through exploration. She said some of her favorite places to travel were South Korea, Mexico, Japan, Guam and her personal favorite, the northwestern and southwestern United States. She said her desire for exploration came from her biggest role model, her mother.

"She inspired me to want to explore and learn more about the world," Costello said. "She showed me how to be strong and independent."

Costello is currently looking forward to a Spanish IV program that gives students the opportunity to teach younger children in first and second grades basic words and phrases in Spanish.

She said she loves her job and enjoys coming to school every day.

"I don't even call it work," she said.

Instead, Costello said, she sees it as an opportunity to learn and grow each day along with her students.



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