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Aug. 16, 2010
Back to School
Trinity University Alumna Returns to Chair Education Department
SAN ANTONIO – An educator with a national reputation as a school reformer has begun at Trinity University as the Norine R. Murchison Distinguished Professor of Practice and the chair of the University’s education department.
Shari Becker Albright, who holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Trinity University and was an adjunct professor of education during the 1990s, said of her return, “I am coming home.”
She will oversee a department of several dozen full- and part-time professors and education professionals, leading and teaching in Trinity’s three programs of teacher education, school leadership, and school psychology.
Albright also plans to support local educational initiatives and re-establish ties to San Antonio school superintendents and principals while creating partnerships with local public schools, charter schools, Teach for America, and other programs experiencing a “changing landscape.”
She also will be a national voice on topics involving educational issues such as teacher preparation and accountability and diversity in the classroom. Angela Breidenstein, associate professor of education who chaired the search committee for the department chair, called Albright a “national presence as a school reformer.”
Albright was the “perfect person for this position” because of her “passion for education, contagious enthusiasm, ceaseless energy, and deep commitment to Trinity and San Antonio,” Breidenstein said.
“It’s an exciting and challenging time for education,” Albright said. “We will look at how we engage in the national conversation. We need to be at the table because Trinity has been at the cutting edge on these issues.” She added that Trinity has been a national model in teacher preparation for 20 years or longer.
“We’re poised to share our voice so that others can learn from our experience,” she said.
Before coming to Trinity, Albright was based in New York City as executive director of education at the Asia Society and chief executive officer of the Asia Society International Studies Schools Network, a national network of small, internationally-themed secondary schools dedicated to preparing college ready, globally competent students.
In San Antonio, Albright was principal of the International School of the Americas, a public magnet school in the North East Independent School District, and was named the Texas High School Principal of the Year for 2004 by the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.
She also has been an educational consultant for the National Basic School Network and the U.S. Department of State Overseas Schools, serving Mexico and Central and South America. She began her career as an elementary teacher and elementary administrator in San Antonio’s East Central School District.
She holds a doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University as well as two degrees and a certificate in supervision and mid-management from Trinity.
Albright succeeds Paul Kelleher, the outgoing chair of Trinity’s education department, who will retire after the fall semester.