CNR Graduate's Pandemic Teaching Efforts Recognized


College of New Rochelle (CNR) alumna Lisbet Zepeda ’19 was profiled in The Journal News for demonstrating determination, compassion and creativity as an educator adapting to challenging circumstances during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Like other teachers adjusting to a new normal during COVID-19,  Zepeda shouldered many hats, acting not only as an instructor, but as a confidant and source of support for her sixth-grade math class. Some of her students at Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle faced extreme hardship during the pandemic and she had to react swiftly, with sensitivity, to fulfill their needs. For example, when two of her students lost parents to COVID-19, she closely monitored their schoolwork, as well as their general well-being, to keep them on track.

Zepeda was part of CNR’s final commencement class before the College closed and entered into an agreement with Mercy College so students could continue their degrees uninterrupted. She received her degree in only three years’ time and is a full-time instructor at just 21-years-old. Zepeda was born in Mexico and immigrated to New York City with her mother and sister to join her father when she was one-year-old.

Looking back fondly on her time at CNR, Zepeda is, “…beyond thankful for her college experience,” and is, “…moved beyond words,” to be featured in the The Journal News for her hard work and dedication to ensuring the success of her students.

Her past teachers, school administrators and students laud Zepeda for commitment to providing the best education for her students, even in a virtual capacity, and embracing technology and investing in her surrounding community.

To learn more about how Zepeda supports her students, click here to read the full article.