The Catholic University of America

Marisol Sardina

Preparatory School Teacher
Class of 1996

Other areas of study/degrees:
Minor in Spanish

Current job 

I have been teaching at the same school, Miami Country Day, since August 1997. I have taught American Literature, World Literature and Women's Studies to high school students, and for the last ten years I have taught AP English Language and Gender and Women's Studies (exclusively) in addition to serving as the Associate Director of College Counseling.

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

After graduating from CUA, I briefly worked at the American Bar Association as a legislative assistant.

Why did you major in English?

Honest answer: I majored in English because I liked to read.

Tell us about a skill you learned/developed as an English major that has helped you out in the “real world.”

My "real world" is very different from most people's in that my year begins in late August and ends in June. Consequently, the skills that I learned as an English major have been very useful. During college, I honed my critical reading and thinking skills as well as my writing skills--skills that I think are necessary for all professionals— and particularly necessary to literature and writing instructors. Additionally, I have actually taught several of the works I studied in college and use my college notes as reference.

What was the best English class you took at CUA and why?

I took lots of great English classes at CUA. Every class I took with Dr. Suarez (and I took at least 4) was awesome — Faulkner, Literature of the South, American Lit survey, Contemporary American Lit. My senior seminar on Zora Neale Hurston was also great, and I took a Shakespeare course with a controversial female professor (whose name I don't recall and sadly, she is no longer at CUA) that I also really enjoyed.

If you could give one piece of advice to current students, what would it be?

I would tell students to take attend lectures by guest speakers. The English department frequently brought in great speakers, and I regret not having made the time to hear them all speak.

Which text was your favorite to read while you were a student at CUA? In which class did you read it?

The Sound and the Fury. I read it with Dr. Suarez, but I can't remember in which class.

What’s next for you?

I plan to stay in education. Profile date: May 2013