Dr. Marianne MacCarthy True was named Graduate Distinguished Teacher for Plymouth State University’s Master of Education program for 2005 at the faculty meeting on May 4, 2005.
True’s excellence as a teacher has long been known in New Hampshire. In 1989, she was named New Hampshire Teacher of the Year for her work at Inter-Lakes Junior and Senior High School. In 2003, she received a New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award (“EDie”) for her instrumental role in the founding of PSU’s student chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
True received her B.A. in secondary English education at Boston College and her M.Ed. in administration from Plymouth State, later returning for her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) and finishing her Ed.D. in educational leadership at the University of Sarasota.
Says True, “Earning a degree in the educational leadership program here at Plymouth opened many doors for me. Working as a high school assistant principal and middle and high school principal enabled me to see first hand the intricacies of organizational leadership. Of course, coming back to Plymouth to teach in the graduate program, and working on and off campus with practicing professionals has been just terrific. The graduate students inform my thinking about teaching, learning and leading every day!”
Most of her graduate students are working teachers and school administrators. It’s important to True that they be “engaged in classes that are meaningful for them in their current and/or future leadership roles. I am delighted when graduate students tell me they have applied their graduate school experiences to their sites—that they have worked to effect positive change to improve the educational experiences of the young people and educators with whom they work.”
Dr. Mary McNeil, director of the Office for International Institutes and Programs at PSU, has team-taught with Dr. True. “One thing people would always comment on was her ability to take the subject matter from theory into practice. For our in-place practitioners, principals and superintendents, that is what they are always looking for—they can learn it today and use it tomorrow,” McNeil notes. “Marianne has demonstrated she has the ability to inspire professionals to go to the next step in developing their leadership capacity.”
Since 1999, when True joined the Plymouth State faculty, she has made many contributions to the University’s graduate programs in education, as coordinator for the educational leadership program, as editor of the New Hampshire Journal of Education, by contributing to the institution’s recognition by our accrediting bodies, and developing and maintaining a network of school administrators throughout the state of New Hampshire, which extends their PSU experience into their professional lives.
But ultimately, as Marianne True herself says, “Teaching is my passion—it’s what I love to do. Working in Plymouth’s caring and supportive community is a privilege—and receiving this award is an honor I share with my students, colleagues and campus community.”