Educator Spotlight: Marie Brown-Harvey

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Throughout the year, RISE will be shining a light on some of the many talented educators we partner with to achieve our mission of ensuring all students graduate with a plan and the skills and confidence to achieve college and career success.

This month we learn more about Marie Brown-Harvey, College and Career Coordinator at East Hartford High School.

Marie Brown - Portrait

Q: Tell us about yourself. What are some fun facts we should know about you?

A: I’m married, with one son, and reside in Windsor. I Teach Sunday School and serve as head of the youth ministry, and in my spare time, I enjoy baking, cooking, and traveling with my family.

Q: What is your professional background?

A: I graduated from Northeastern University, Western New England College and Central Connecticut State University. I retired in 2013, after working 2 years for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Services and 28 years for the Social Security Administration. I then worked for the Center of Medicare Advocacy from 2013-2014, before beginning my career at East Hartford High School.

Q: Why did you choose to become an educator?

A: I did not choose education, education chose me. I have had many careers in my lifetime. I never considered one in Education but it has been one of the most rewarding experiences, dedicating my time to serving in the capacity of a college and career coordinator.

Q: Who was an educator that inspired and shaped you?

A: Two educators who inspire me the most are Emma Rossi and Dr. Jennifer Wethje. They are so dedicated to their students and are the epitome of a role model.

Q: What’s something you’ve learned or borrowed from another RISE Network partner?

A: Being able to collaborate with them on ways to serve both students and parents with the FAFSA and the college application process.

Q: How does the RISE Data Hub change your daily practice and help you achieve your student outcome goals?
A: The Data Hub helps me to keep track of all the students and their pathways.

Q: What’s one of your proudest accomplishments as an educator?

A: My proudest accomplishment as an educator is helping students to make postsecondary plans and be able to afford them. Many of our students come from families that are just making ends meet. Some of them are apprehensive about college and they are very grateful when I can show them they can do it. I am humbled to be able to help a student have a good outlook when they graduate.

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