I was in Maryhurst for three school years (ages 14 – 17), graduating in the spring of 1985. I lived on the Dorsey Lane campus and stayed in all the original dorms, sometimes going back to ones I had previously come from, after getting in trouble.
Maryhurst helped me in so many ways that I didn’t realize at the time. I would not be the person I am today if not for their care – and certainly wouldn’t have had the success that I currently enjoy. I never thought I would go to college because school was not my thing. As it turns out now, through my teaching position at the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice and Training Program, I am working on my 3rd level teaching certificate with Penn State. It is not easy for me — very frustrating to need a dictionary to understand the questions they are asking — but I have an A average — pretty funny!
I’ve been a union carpenter for almost 25 years and have been teaching carpentry, safety and health for almost 13 years. I am an outreach Instructor for the American Heart Association, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), CPWR (Center to Protect Workers Rights), the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), and the State of Illinois for Lead RRP (Renovation Repair and Painting).
Being a woman in construction has not been easy. I have worked hard to prove that women can do this work. I became the first female trustee of my local union and the first delegate to the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters from the original 10-county area (only took 100+ years for this to happen!). I hope to show other women it can be done with hard work. I volunteer my time at the American Legion hall helping in the kitchen or whatever else they need.
I’ve never married nor do I have any kids. I’ve been career driven to be self-sufficient and have not given myself time for dating, which is something I need to work on.
Maryhurst has taught me patience and self-discipline which is one of the key qualities needed, I think, in helping my students learn. It is a big reward when students come back to see me and tell me how much I helped them in their career as a carpenter and to make a better life for themselves. It’s great to hear that my hard work is paying off.
Thank you Maryhurst!