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Clarissa Mobel: NMC Class of 2012

SPECIAL education not only refers to the students enrolled in the classes but the teachers and aids as well.

Clarissa Mobel, seated front, left, poses with other 2012 Northern Marianas College education graduates after a pinning ceremony for the Northern Marianas School of Education incoming student teachers on May 11.Clarissa Mobel, seated front, left, poses with other 2012 Northern Marianas College education graduates after a pinning ceremony for the Northern Marianas School of Education incoming student teachers on May 11.Educators are a unique and patient breed but special education teachers raise the bar even higher in terms of dedication and compassion.

Clarissa Mobel is a soon-to-be NMC education graduate and epitomizes every extraordinary attribute of a person who gives 100-percent to both the education of special-needs children and herself.

The pretty, petite Palauan with long black hair and an infectious laugh moved to Saipan when she was three-years old and credits her family’s long-standing tradition as educators and school counselors as the inspiration for her chosen career.

“My elder sister is a counselor for at-risk students in Hopwood Junior High School’s Alternative Program and runs the after-school program... Vanessa’s my role-model and inspires me at every step,” stated Mobel with the utmost reverence and respect in her voice.

Mobel, like her sister Vanessa, chose the road less travelled by working as a HJHS special education teacher’s aid during the last four-years.

Asked why she and her sister chose to work with the underdogs as opposed to the highest-achievers, the future college graduate did not miss a beat.

“We both love what we do and think it’s a privilege that families trust us with their special children.”

Mobel’s face lit up with joy and excitement as she described the satisfaction from her work.

“I’m happy with the small, daily successes … if we have a student who learns to count from one to 10 it’s a thrilling and happy day.”

Clarissa Mobel, left, poses with her beloved sister and inspiration, Vanessa Mobel, on May 14. Clarissa credits her sister, an alternative education teacher at Hopwood Junior High School, for setting an example of compassion and service to at-risk and special needs students. Contributed photosClarissa Mobel, left, poses with her beloved sister and inspiration, Vanessa Mobel, on May 14. Clarissa credits her sister, an alternative education teacher at Hopwood Junior High School, for setting an example of compassion and service to at-risk and special needs students. Contributed photosTroops to Teachers

The mother of a 3-year old son, Solang, looks much younger than her 26 years but that should not fool anyone.

The petite powerhouse served 6-years in the U.S. Army Reserve including a 12-month tour of duty in the stifling, dusty climate of Iraq.

“I had to drop a few courses when I received my deployment orders in the middle of the college semester…but I jumped right back afterward and here I am ready to get my bachelor’s degree,” grinned Mobel at the thought of reaching her hard-earned goal.

The Department of Defense’s “Troops to Teachers” program provided Mobel the structured track to attaining formal teaching credentials.

Troops to Teachers is a federal program — administered locally by PSS — that was designed to assist military personnel in becoming educators.

Mobel was able to work full-time at HJHS and attend classes full-time in the evening and on weekends providing much appreciated professional and financial support.

Summer with Solang

After graduation this Saturday along with 14 others with a bachelor’s in education Mobel looks forward to a much deserved summer of sleep and playtime with her son.

“Obviously, I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I want with Solang, so this break will be wonderful,” beamed Mobel.

The rest and relaxation will be short-lived though as she expects to return to HJSH in the fall as a fully accredited teacher and begin her master’s degree in special education through Framingham University.

Mobel and her family’s thirst for education seems to be rubbing off on little Solang in preparation for the next generation to attend NMC.

“It’s funny because my son knows NMC very well…when we drive by he shouts out, ‘There’s mommy’s school.’ ”

In acknowledgment of her good fortune and support, Mobel asked that a special message be included.

“I could not have done this without all the help…it takes a community to go to school and succeed, stated Mobel smiling and waving as she dashed out the door for another special day at HJHS.

To all those who dedicate themselves to educating the next generation — from special education to Advanced Placement classes to college — the Marianas Variety thanks and honors you.