Spring 2011 TRINITY Magazine, Called to Go Global
Jill (Olson) Paredes ’05
Major: Elementary education
“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.
She received her bachelor’s in elementary education from Trinity and her master’s from the University of Alabama in the overseas program. “Most rewarding for me is the knowledge that I am helping the families that are serving in Paraguay and that I am having an impact on the lives of those that will make a difference in Paraguay someday.”
Paredes said that because of Trinity’s intimate campus and class sizes, she received the attention and support she needed when making decisions in her education, spiritual growth, and the realization of her goals.
“Trinity provided an environment that enabled me to work toward the things I was truly passionate about,” she said. “I had many mentors and influential people from Trinity, both classmates and staff, who encouraged me to pursue my desire to serve overseas.”
In January 2005, Paredes traveled with her Trinity softball team to the Dominican Republic to work with SCORE International. But the Trinity experience that influenced Paredes most was serving with Dr. Patti Powell, professor of education, at the Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf (CCCD) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, during the College’s two-week Interim.
As a student, Paredes traveled with Powell each year to work on various projects and interact with the children who attend the CCCD. She completed her student teaching there in 2004 and, after graduating, continued to co-lead the Interim trips with Powell until 2009.