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Meet Mary

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Spotlight on Mary

Mary went to college at night when she was a 28-year-old mother of two. Including LVSC, she has been teaching for 50+ years!


LVSC Journey: I have always loved teaching. I taught in public schools from 1972 until 2004 and then became an adjunct professor at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) for the next 14 years. I had to retire from RVCC in 2018 at age 78 because of upcoming surgery. I was able to continue teaching yoga until age 80. Counting LVSC, I have been teaching for over 50 years. I was happy to learn of the opportunity to tutor for LVSC from friend and former tutor Marilyn O’Regan. I first became an LVSC volunteer in October 2021 after completing the online tutor training.

Memorable LVSC Moment:  When {students} Ming and Rongxin said, “You’re our first American friend,” and when they told me they wanted to study for the U.S. citizenship test.

Mary with students Rongxin and Ming.

Day Job: As a retiree living in a Continuing Care Retirement Community, I enjoy growing vegetables in my garden plot, attending lectures and concerts, and contributing to my community on various committees.

Favorite Proverb: “Give me a fish, and I'll eat for a day. Teach me to fish, and I'll eat for a lifetime.”

Passions: My passions used to be skiing, hiking, yoga, bicycling, traveling and teaching. The only one of those that I can still do is teaching.

Favorite Book: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan. As a 28-year-old-mother of two toddlers, it changed my life because it inspired me to attend college at night and become a teacher.

R&R Spot: My garden.