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  • Mariel Kochevar '11, Teacher
  • Mariel Kochevar '11, Teacher

Mariel Kochevar '11, Teacher

After studying psychology and sociology at F&M, I moved to Atlanta to work for Teach for America, leading a classroom of second graders.

My career path was shaped by childhood experience. When I was in fourth grade I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, and the resulting fatigue, neurological issues and dyslexia had a profound effect on my learning ability. By the seventh grade, most of my teachers had given up on me except for my math teacher. She believed in me and placed me in an accelerated math class. As I regained my confidence, I knew I wanted to work with children and give back what she had given to me.

At F&M I was involved with numerous community service projects and took an urban education course that paired college students with high school students who were behind the learning curve. At F&M I am always doing something, and I feel it prepared me for any challenge.