full-time staff since 2003
M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000
B.S., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 1992
It would seem unlikely that someone who loves “anything outdoors--camping, hiking, mountain biking, rollerblading, downhill skiing, and traveling”-- would find the kind of satisfaction that Shari Jurgens ’92 has experienced since joining Trinity’s faculty in 2007. This Trinity alumna “couldn’t be happier” about returning to her alma mater to teach in the physical education department.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Jurgens worked at Elim Christian Services for five years before deciding to complete a master’s degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She began working at a physical therapy clinic, which then contracted her to provide athletic training services at the College. Jurgens worked in that capacity for two years before being hired as the full-time athletics trainer at Trinity, where she also taught some courses as an adjunct.
“Trinity is a great place to be … as a student, staff member, instructor … whatever. I love this place and want to contribute wherever I can to continue making this the great place it is. My main goal for my position here is to provide guidance and opportunities for our P.E. majors that they can use when they go out into the real world,” said Jurgens.
Citing the “great sense of community on this campus,” Jurgens seeks to provide the best learning environment possible for each individual student. She acknowledges that teaching is both “challenging and fun,” and wants her students to leave her classroom realizing that they learned a lot and enjoyed doing so.
“There’s nothing like seeing the light bulb go on in a student’s eyes when he or she grasps a new concept—that is encouraging and exciting to me.”
Jurgens brings to her position a solid background and professional affiliations. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 2001 by the National Athletic Trainers Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2000 by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Jurgens and her husband, Rich, live in Tinley Park, Illinois with their twins Madelyn and Richard III (RJ).