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Danielle Castonguay ’02

 

Danielle Castonguay ’02

daniellecastonguay5Danielle Castonguay ’02 (Woonsocket High School) graduated from Salve Regina University in 2006 with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. She is currently attending New England College to earn a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Curriculum. She is employed as a first-grade teacher in Concord, New Hampshire, where she is dedicated to ensuring that her students’ experience is valuable and unforgettable.

“Being a Crusader made college a reality,” says Danielle. “No one from my family has ever gone to college, so being involved with the Crusade left me with a feeling of hope. I had the adult support that I needed to know that my dreams would come true.”

Danielle has good advice for high school Crusaders starting college. “Be ready to make school your first priority and be ready for a challenge,” she says. “As challenging as it may get, you have to remember that you are human and your professors understand. If there is something you need them to further explain, ask questions right away. This is your time to take advantage of all that you can learn. The best thing about my college experience is knowing that I accomplished my goal,” she adds. “All I wanted growing up was to go to college, change the cycle in my family and help other children realize that their dreams can come true regardless of where they are from or what they have been though.”

Since moving to New Hampshire, Danielle has taken up lots of outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and snowboarding. She also loves to sing.