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Alli Lua ’09, M.Ed. ’12, Second Grade Teacher at Davis Elementary School

June 22, 2015
“Living and participating in Merrimack’s campus life taught me how to work with people; especially how to work with people who are not like myself.”

Throughout Alli’s time at Merrimack College, she was heavily involved with various aspects of Campus Life. From participating in M.O.R.E Retreats to becoming active in Campus Ministry and Orientation, she was truly shaped through her involvement with Merrimack’s robust campus involvement opportunities.

Lua’s most impactful experience during her time at Merrimack was her participation in Merrimack’s Campus Ministry initiatives. While working with the Augustinians, Alli made meaningful connections that led her to living and volunteering in the Bronx, New York post-graduation as an Augustinian Volunteer. During her time as an Augustinian Volunteer, Alli was placed at St. Rita’s Immigration Center as a preschool teacher and an ESL teacher. Alli fell in love with teaching and decided to pursue her dream of becoming an elementary school teacher after her year of service.

Following Alli’s year of service in New York, she continued her career in the education field in her home state of Massachusetts. After reconnecting with a former professor at Merrimack’s holiday party in 2010, Alli was encouraged to apply to Merrimack’s Master of Education Fellowship Program. After being accepted into the program, she worked full-time as a teaching assistant for two years while attending graduate school classes in the evening. After two years in the field, Alli was offered a full-time second grade teaching position in 2014 at Davis Elementary School in Bedford, MA. Alli continues to teach second grade and loves to teach students how to problem solve, be a good leader, person and friend.

“I grew up at Merrimack and met my very best friends there. I learned a lot about myself during my five years (including graduate school) at Merrimack. I learned what it means to be dedicated, push yourself, believe in yourself and be a thoughtful thinker, friend and human being.”

 

What is the best advice you could give current Merrimack students?

My advice to current Merrimack students is to get involved. Try out as many things as you can! What I tell my 2nd graders is if you never try, you will never know if you like something or if you don’t. I think it is also important to not give up on your dreams. If I had given up on volunteering after college because I was told to get a job and make money after I graduate, I wouldn’t have had my experience in New York and realized I wanted to be an educator.  

 

What is your Favorite Merrimack memory?

I honestly have so many great experiences at Merrimack it is hard to pick just one.  One of my favorite experiences was being involved in freshmen orientation.  Many of my friends were leaders with me and we had a great time staying on campus over the summer and showing the freshmen what Merrimack pride is all about!  I think we did a pretty good job!

 

Why are you Merrimack Proud?

I started at Merrimack when I was 18 years old and completed my last graduate class when I was 24. I grew up at Merrimack. This school helped shape me into the person I am today. I cherish every memory, every friend, ever professor, and yes, every meal I had in the cafe! I can say with my head held high that I am an alumna of Merrimack College and I am Merrimack Proud!

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