Alma R. Roque’s love for the Spanish language and Latin culture has led her to a career in teaching Spanish. While at Gavit High School in Hammond, she taught all levels of Spanish, coordinated Hispanic school-wide cultural awareness activities and displays, and was an active member of the Hispanic Career Day Planning Team with Purdue Calumet and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), which is now a successful program at Purdue Calumet where Latino students are immersed in post-secondary education possibilities, through dynamic motivational speakers and career workshops.
Currently Alma is teaching at Thornwood High School in South Holland, IL. She is also the sponsor of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, the National Honor Society of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), of which she is a member. She recently was nominated by a former Thornwood student to receive the “Most Inspirational Teacher” honor from Western Illinois University.
She graduated from Purdue Calumet in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching.
Alma resides in Munster with her husband, Ruben and her three children. She credits her success to her faith and her supportive family.
Alma’s most Valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“My most valued Purdue Calumet experience was the opportunity to study in Spain with Purdue’s Study Abroad Summer program led by Professor Celestino Ruiz. This was a life changing experience where I was able to live and learn the language, history and culture in a way that would not have happened in a traditional classroom. It solidified my love for what I do now.”
Alma’s advice for current Purdue Calumet students:
“Take advantage of all educational experiences that come your way and never give up on pursuing your degree, despite the obstacles that will come.”