Tribute to Debbie Ulibarri Read into Congressional Record
On March 20, 2003, US Congressman, Scott McInnis, sponsored a tribute to
Debbie Ulibarri that was read into the United States Congressional Record.
McInnis wanted to recognize Ulibarri because, "as a teacher at Trinidad
State Junior College, Debbie is an inspiration to her students, and a
reminder of the important opportunities our community colleges provide."
McInnis went on, "She has done much to promote the importance of higher
education in my district, and today I would like to highlight her
accomplishments before this body of Congress and this nation."
The tribute went on, "Debbie's story demonstrates the influential role of
community colleges in our nation's communities. She arrived on the campus of
Trinidad State Junior College in 1992, apprehensive about returning to
school after twenty years in the workforce. Debbie found a welcoming
attitude at TSJC that assuaged her fears and opened up worlds she had never
dreamed of. Debbie earned her GED and two associates degrees at TSJC, and
began teaching math in TSJC's Math Lab while still a student there. Debbie
went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from New Mexico Highlands
University and a masters degree from Regis University. As one of the
school's success stories, Debbie returned to tsjc as a full-time math
instructor. She has been an innovative teacher of algebra, trigonometry and
statistics, seamlessly incorporating technology into her classroom and
creating on-line classes for students from all over the country. Debbie has
also stepped into a leadership role at the college, serving as TSJC's
accreditation coordinator as well as the math and science division chair. In
recognition of her efforts, Debbie was selected as TSJC's Faculty of the
"Mr. Speaker, our nation's community colleges are learning centers for a
wide variety of both traditional and non-traditional students, helping them
achieve their goals. Debbie Ulibarri is a perfect example of how these
institutions can help enhance and change a life, and it is a great privilege
to salute Debbie before this body of Congress and this nation for her
achievements as both a student and a teacher."
Debbie was presented with a plaque containing the tribute at the Trinidad
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce luncheon on March 26, 2003. With pride in her
eyes, she thanked her friends and family for their support; special people
from TSJC who had helped her along the way; and TSJC President, Dr. Frank
Armijo, for having confidence in her.
Photo: Ulibarri receives plaque from Susan Smith, McInnis District
Submitted by: Penny Lamb, Director of Public Information,
Contact Person: Susan Smith, District Services Coordinator
Office of Congressman Scott McInnis (719) 543-8200
Date: March 28, 2003