First Cohort Adult Studies Education Student Now Principal
Evelyn Roman ’01, assistant principal at Carl Von Linne Elementary School in Chicago, was a student in the first education cohort offered in Trinity’s Adult Studies Accelerated Program (then called TRACs).
When she first found out about the program, she was driving home after picking up her children at school and heard an advertisement on the radio. Because she was working full time and caring for her four children, having the option of finishing her degree by attending class one night a week appealed to her.
“Yes, it was called an accelerated program, but I never felt rushed or overwhelmed,” said Roman. “I liked the time and dedication the teachers took to meet our needs.”
After graduating in December 2001, Roman began working at Stowe Elementary School (a CPS school) in January 2002. After teaching sixth grade math and seventh grade science, she became the math specialist, teaching the teachers the new math curriculum. She used the activities she learned in her Trinity methods classes in her own classes.
“I learned so many strategies in all subject areas at Trinity,” she said. “I loved all of the new ideas for our methods of science, methods of math, and methods of art. I especially enjoyed art because it brought forth the creativity I didn't think I had.”
Roman earned her master’s in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University and served as assistant principal at Stowe for 1½ years. She then became the assistant principal at where she has served for the past four years. She recently made the CPS eligibility list to become a head principal.
When asked why she preferred the administrative roll over being in the classroom, Roman said, “As a teacher, I can change the lives of 30 students, but as an administrator, I can change the lives of 600.”
In her current position, some of Roman’s many responsibilities include: teacher and staff observations and evaluations, class scheduling, and after school program and safety and security oversight. She is also responsible for classroom teacher assignments, balancing the budget, and overseeing bilingual compliance, summer school, and grades and report cards.
Roman also manages the placement of student teachers and said she would love to welcome a student teacher from Trinity. “I tell everybody I know to go to Trinity if they’re looking to become a teacher.”