Jessica Albright ’10 (Childhood Education and Special Education) has been busy since graduating from Roberts. Her sense of adventure has led her to visit all seven continents, most recently visiting Antarctica in March of 2012. She spent two days in Argentina before departing on the Clipper Adventurer on a 10-day trip around the Antarctic Peninsula. She survived two hurricanes while passing through the Drake Passage, but reached her goal (and a whole lot of penguins, leopard seals, humpback whales, and glaciers).
God is using Jessica’s sense of adventure and passion for life to help her teach students in Fairfax County, VA. Just 10 miles from Washington D.C., Jessica’s fifth-grade classroom offers a diverse and challenging setting for education. Students come from many different academic, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. The work is challenging, but Jessica knows that she’s in the right place. In the shadow of so much economic and government power, she realizes that, “God works through my life as I touch the lives of these kids every day…I am living on Christ’s mission field each and every day as a teacher. This is truly God’s calling on my life.”
Missions is not a new experience for Jessica. As a child she traveled extensively, including a trip to Australia and New Zealand with the People-to-People student ambassador program. More recently, she has been involved with the Ugandan Water Project, an organization led by RWC alum, James Harrington ’97.
Jessica credits Professor John Campolieto with her understanding of special education and appreciation for the benefits of classroom inclusion. Professor Karen Scheske challenged her to think more deeply about solutions to problems and instilled in her a passion for math. Professor Casey Davis’ passionate and personal approach to the New Testament gave her and even greater appreciation for the truth she was learning about God’s word.
Cross-cultural experiences, the benefit of a challenging and engaged faculty, and fulfillment in her teaching vocation have helped Jessica Albright excel. Jessica is sure that life holds many more opportunities and goals to reach. She recently skydived for the first time (jumping from 10,000 feet). Her next goal is to visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks. By the end of this summer she should have 24 marked off of her list.
Jessica is originally from Honeoye Falls, NY. She is actively involved in two churches – Christ Crossman United Methodist Church and McLean Bible Church, where she is involved in the worship band, choir, young adult events, and the outreach committee.