Teacher Spotlight #2: Ms. Costa

By Dominick Delaney, Assistant Writer

With the Xavier-Mercy theater season underway, with Sister Act opening on March 9 and 10, many are wondering who is behind the production on the Xavier side. That would be Ms. Costa, who left some thoughts with the Kestrel. She is the second new teacher to be interviewed, and teaches Spanish I and II.

What led you to teach Spanish? Spanish was something that didn’t come naturally to me.  I had to fight to learn it, and work even harder to become fluent.  I use that knowledge to break down the language into easily digestible pieces for my own students, which is fun for me.

Where did you go to college? What did you study? I went to Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia.  I studied pre-med, history and Spanish.

Have you worked in education before? Which level? I began teaching many years ago.  I’ve always stayed at teaching middle and high school levels of Spanish, though once I taught English and a Second Language and found it to be a truly wonderful experience.  Even when my primary job was as a stay at home mom to my children, I used to teach Spanish and Creative Writing through my local adult education program.

How do you like Xavier? It’s terrific.  Teaching in an environment where you can pray with students is truly special.

Have there been any challenges in transitioning to Xavier? If so, what are they? Fart jokes.  In mixed classrooms and all-female classrooms they are less common, I assure you.

Where are you from? I grew up in Texas, but have lived in PA, NYC, NJ, and Spain before settling on Connecticut.