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Mr. Marchese, Discovery

I was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Columbus, OH.  I went to college at The Ohio State University, where I earned a degree in International Development.  A week after my college graduation, I moved to Swaziland. I lived in Swaziland for 3 years, working in education, project management, and sustainable agriculture, at several orphanages and non-profits.

After 3 years in Swaziland, I moved back to Columbus.  In Columbus, I worked for alternative high schools for 5 years, teaching social studies.  I earned my M.Ed. from Ohio University while I was living in Ohio, where I focused my research on evidence-based trauma-informed interventions to support the mental health of high school students.  I also earned a certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Ohio University.

While in Columbus, I developed a passion for rock climbing.  I spent most weekends driving four hours to Red River Gorge, Kentucky, to climb.  During the summer of 2018 I took a road trip around the western U.S. exploring different climbing areas and spent 2 weeks in Colorado.  After this trip, I began making plans to move to Colorado to follow my passion for climbing. I moved to Colorado at the beginning of the summer of 2019.

I have been thrilled to be working with the adult learners at McLain Community High School.  I am excited to have been given the opportunity to support the needs of our students by teaching them about world history, social-emotional learning skills, and the importance of developing and maintaining habits that support their physical and mental health.

Hobbies:  Climbing, dancing, video games

Education: Ohio State University (B.S. in International Development), Ohio University (M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction and certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies)

Career: 4 years of project management experience, 6 years of education experience

Towns lived in: Columbus, OH (27); Manzini, Swaziland (1.5); Mahlanya, Swaziland (1.5)

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