Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Real World Success
Marisa Albarran ’09
Major: K-12 Spanish Education major, ESL endorsement
Title: International Baccalaureate Spanish teacher at Bouchet International Academy in Chicago
Marisa Albarran teaches grades 5 through 8 at this inner city public school, formerly known as Bryn Mawr. She said the knowledge she attained from Trinity professors prepared her for the classroom and the exposure to various education theorists prepared her for the multiple types of learners she teaches. She earned a master of school leadership with a Type 75 endorsement from Concordia University.
Becoming Wonder Woman: “My college experience has helped mold me into the intellectual role model I want to become. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and didn’t have many role models. During my junior year, I found great inspiration in Dr. Trina Vallone ’99, associate professor of education and coordinator of the ESL program. In class, I observed how caring and compassionate she is and how eloquently she spoke. My senior year, Dr. Rhoda Mattson, associate professor of education, solidified for me the woman I hoped to one day become. I knew that upon graduating Trinity, I would not stop there. I have earned my first master’s, but I yearn for the day I receive my doctorate and join the ranks of these wonder women who have served as my greatest role models.”
The next step: “Graduate school was a stressful and time consuming experience but nothing that Trinity had not prepared me for. I had to balance a full-time teaching position, a part-time job, and graduate school as well as commitments to family, friends, and church. If I had not had the challenging student-teaching experience at Trinity, I would have thought I could not handle such a work load. But if I could handle student-teaching under the mentorship of Professor Mattson, I knew I could handle anything. I am currently working on a second master’s degree in elementary education.”