Super ELL Stories: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols ELLName: Albert Pujols
Born: Dominican Republic

Albert Pujols was raised by his grandmother in the Dominican Republic.  Their family was very poor, so they lived in a communal camp and received assistance from the government.  Albert’s father was a well-known baseball pitcher in the DR.  Though he did not see his father often, he wanted to be like him.  By time he was 6, Albert was playing baseball every day and had a dream to join the Major Leagues.

Albert and his family moved to the United States when he was 16.  He started a year behind in school because he only spoke Spanish, and him and his cousins were the only Dominicans in the school.  He knew the faster he learned English, the faster he could become a professional baseball player.  Albert was asked to play for his high school’s baseball team, and his coaches said he was the hardest working player on the team.

The Cardinals (a Major League team) eventually asked Albert to join their team.  He was named the National League Rookie of the Year, set several records, received many awards, and led the Cardinals to two World Series Championships.

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Amanda received an undergraduate foundation in Communication, with concentrations in Sociology, Cultural Competence, and Conflict Transformation. She went on to work at a refugee resettlement agency, and later became the lead author of Mawi Learning's Super ELL course. She is currently planning Mawi Learning's Powerful Educator Conference and utilizing her recent master's degree by working as a Couple and Family Therapist.

Category: Super ELL Stories