Marlborough welcomes nine new faculty members this school year: Crystal Buckey, Olivia Ceja, Melissa Cheng, Irene Hsiung, Kathleen Luft, YoonJu Mangione, Taryn Marshall, Kristi Schultz and Jenn Wells. The instructors range from teaching subjects in world language to providing healthcare.
For the first time ever, Marlborough is offering the introductory course Korean Language and Culture, as an elective taught by World Language Instructor YooJu Mangione.
“I always wanted to teach Korean but there are not that many Korean classes being offered in schools. Thankfully I found this opportunity and I jumped right on,” Mangione said.
Mangione has taught English literature and history to middle schoolers and high schoolers. She has also taught English as a second language to international students and academic writing to college students. Mangione came to Marlborough to rekindle her passion for the Korean language and culture and is very excited to start this course and meet her new students.
Marlborough also welcomes World Language Instructor Melissa Cheng who came to the United States from China in 1997, after graduating from a teachers’ university in China. She received her teaching credential in Long Beach, and had a desire to teach Chinese as a language in schools to help American students understand Chinese culture. After 12 years of teaching Chinese at South Pasadena High School, she is looking forward to teaching Chinese 1A and 2 at Marlborough.
According to Ms. Cheng, she was attracted to Marlborough because of the core values it teaches students, and the fact that it is an all-girls’ school.
“As a teacher, most of my high achievers have been girls,” Cheng said.
History Instructor, Taryn Marshall will be teaching US History and American Studies. According to Marshall, taking extensive history classes in college such as women’s studies, feminist history in the US, African diaspora and Ethnic studies helped open her eyes and allowed her to develop her love for history.
Marshall was interested in this teaching position because she would have the freedom to teach history in a deeper way and help her students develop skills that will empower them to speak up and ask the hard questions.
“I am excited to see what [this school year] brings and to hear from all the different students and their perspectives and see the brilliance that is young people,” Marshall said. “Because of Marlborough’s reputation, I can bring in the high-level academics like the college texts.”