Alumni Highlight — This week our spotlight is on Abigail Justen class of 2014.
After graduating from Trinity in 2014, I went to George Mason University and got a B.S. in computer science. While I was in school, I worked at Direct Development doing marketing and website management for universities and nonprofits. After graduating, I moved to Portland, OR where I now live and took a teaching position at Trinity Academy. Currently, I am teaching pre-algebra, algebra, pre-calculus, and MatLab and I absolutely love it! I was looking for a job that was based in math and programming but still centered around people and was having a hard time finding something. So, finding teaching was a perfect fit!
I attribute a lot of where I am to Trinity. My initial desire to go into computer science was completely based on how much I loved MatLab. It also never occurred to me that computer science was a male-dominated field since several of my math teachers were women and my math classes were all women. Having the opportunity to go through Trinity also shaped my desire for a multi-faceted job. I loved having the opportunity to delve so deeply into math, science and the humanities simultaneously and was missing that through college. So, it was something I was really looking for. Now, teaching at a Trinity it is amazing to look back at the examples of the teachers I had and to grow in appreciation for their energy, enthusiasm and all around knowledge. Going to Trinity also completely shaped my view on education as a development of the whole person and the importance and possibility of building a Christian culture to complement the work being done at the middle school and high school level.