The Marietta Effect
Rachel Baughman '12
Majors: History, Secondary Education
Certificate: Teacher Leadership
Hometown: Kent, Ohio
Clubs/Organizations: Sigma Kappa, McDonough Center for Leadership and Business, Women's Choir, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, EXCEL Workshop
Current Occupation: Eighth-grade language arts teacher, Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota
Favorite Professor: Dr. Tanya Judd Pucella
Education Abroad: 10-day service experience in Managua, Nicaragua, and 10-day arts and leadership experience in Paris, France
When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?
After attending the EXCEL Workshop, sponsored by the McDonough Center, my first week on campus as a freshman, I knew Marietta College was the right fit. It already felt like home. I was surrounded by people who not only wanted to make me a better student, but a better person.
Favorite Marietta moment?
There are so many. The EXCEL Workshop, both the year I participated and the years I helped facilitate, is definitely at the top of the list. I also vividly remember Midnight Breakfast right after my first semester at Marietta College. It was such an energetic, fun celebration for our hard work. It had recently snowed and my friends and I went sledding in the Hermann Bowl after filling up on pancakes and waffles. Lots of laughs were had.
Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.
I remember always being busy and in the best way possible. Challenging classes, extra-curricular activities, time with friends, volunteering, working off-campus consumed the hours in my day and I loved every chaotic second of it.
What impact did Marietta College have on your career?
I knew I had always wanted to be a teacher. However, Marietta College inspired me to be a teacher leader. I currently teach eighth-grade language arts on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. All of my students are Lakota and face immense challenge of poverty, alcoholism and drug abuse, but are inspirational sources of bravery and strength of spirit. I never would have embraced this challenge without the justice-oriented mindset I built during my time at Marietta, especially through the critical thinking and reflection promoted by the McDonough Leadership Center. Dr. (James) O’Donnell’s Native American history class also inspired me to search for teaching jobs on Native American reservations, pockets of rural poverty often forgotten. Dr. Tanya Judd-Pucella opened my eyes to the powerful role a teacher leader can play in transforming a classroom and even a school.
What does it mean to be a Pioneer?
A Pioneer, in its original definition, means to be someone who was the first to explore, use, apply, etc. I think to be a Marietta College Pioneer means the same thing. It means to be a leader and change agent in a field of your choice. It means to continuously improve. It means to make a difference.