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Portrait of True Calling

Antoinette Corbin, Cred. ’10, can pursue a career, while raising her family.

Student teacher Antoinette Corbin left UC San Diego with a bachelor’s degree and a goal of becoming a chemist one day. But then, life took her in a different direction.

Corbin got married and had two children. Her career aspirations were put on hold as she raised her children and volunteered in their classrooms. It was then that she found her life’s true calling.

“I didn’t realize until I was a mom how important and influential teachers are,” said Corbin. “Now I know I can change lives.”

In 2009–2010, Corbin enrolled in the UC Davis School of Education’s teaching credential program and received the School of Education Alumni Award. The scholarship is made possible through donations to the School of Education’s Annual Fund and leverages gifts made by alumni and friends to support aspiring teachers. Corbin said the scholarship has made possible the launching of her “second life.”

“This scholarship means a lot to me,” said Corbin, who is now a single mother. “I have small children and this helps me take care of them.”

Corbin received her credential in the summer of 2010. Now, her goal is to “teach all kinds of different learners that science is cool, that it is happening everywhere and they can learn if given the opportunity,” she said.

“It’s a great feeling to see the light bulb go on,” Corbin said, “and to see a big smile from a student who finally gets it.”