Duke University, M.A.T. in English Education
Jessica Ginocchio grew up in Raleigh, NC, and, with the exception of six months spent in Russia, has lived her whole life in the Triangle area—both Raleigh and Chapel Hill/Carrboro. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from UNC-Chapel hill in Russian Language and Literature after completing a master’s thesis on Lev Tolstoy’s War and Peace. During graduate school, she earned a teaching assistantship and taught her own section of Russian 101. This experience was immensely positive and helped her make the decision to become a teacher. She chose the Duke M.A.T. program because of the long, intensive internship and the focus on content area expertise. By the end of the program, she will have more English coursework completed than most English majors.
Outside of school, she is passionate about the outdoors and animals, and, whenever she can, she volunteers with the dogs at a local animal shelter. She loves to read and write for fun. She can often be seen enjoying a nice afternoon in downtown Carrboro with her hound mutt, Zeus.
Awards & Accolades
In graduate school, Jessica earned a FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) fellowship to study Russian at Moscow State University, Russia’s most prestigious university. She was awarded a teaching assistantship, and she was also made the instructor of the UNC Friday Center’s correspondence course in Russian.