Sarah Seegert works with students in a special education classroom. Her students have disabilities in a variety of categories, including autism, cerebral palsy, emotional disorders, and cognitive delay. “Trinity helped prepare me in all ways for my future, from giving me the skills and knowledge that I needed to do my job, to deepening my faith and preparing me for independent adult life. The people I met and the relationships I formed were amazing and still impact my life today. I was given opportunities and experiences that I never would have had otherwise.”
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. “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.
Kathy Nimmer ’91, author, teacher, and motivational speaker, has been named Alumna of the Year. An English teacher at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, Indiana, for 18 years, Nimmer, who is blind, has strived to inspire and educate the public about disabilities. In 2009, she was named one of nine Distinguished Fellows by the Lilly Endowment. The award was accompanied by a $25,000 grant to fund Nimmer’s book project Two Plus Four Equals One, an anthology of true stories about people with disabilities and their service dogs. She said the book will “celebrate the fascinating partnership between the disabled and their working dogs.”
“I am thankful for the many field experiences I had at Trinity, especially the opportunity to student-teach overseas. Through God’s calling on my life to attend Trinity, I was equipped to continue to follow his calling to teach and to serve,” said Jill (Olson) Paredes ’05. For the past few years, Paredes has been teaching junior high language arts and social studies to 6-8 grade international Christian students at Asuncion Christian Academy, a co-educational Christian day school in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Brittany Storkel ’08 remembers Friday nights in Haiti. While her friends in the United States were shopping at the mall or seeing a movie, she was sitting on a cold, tile floor with a group of orphans playing Go Fish beneath the small glow of a flashlight. “It’s tough to not have your normal ‘American lifestyle,’” Storkel said of her most recent time abroad, “but God wanted me in Haiti for a purpose. I learned a lot and felt blessed because of my efforts there.”