We are proud to announce that Ms. Marianne Strickland is joining our faculty next year!
Ms. Strickland earned a B.A. in Classics from the University of Colorado, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with distinction. She also earned an M.A. in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management, and she is completing an additional M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College.
Her experiences include many years of international work and travel in the business sector. Our students will certainly want to consult with her regarding opportunities to study abroad, as she possesses a wealth of knowledge about the challenges and benefits of living and working overseas.
Our students prepared a few questions for Ms. Strickland:
After my children graduated from university, I decided to attend St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico to pursue the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts in order to become a teacher at a classical charter school. My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Antiquities from the University of Colorado at Boulder where the study of the Great Books first inspired me to seek Western classical values and this pursuit remains with me today. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to teach the history of our Western heritage to the NPX students who will be positioned to lead our world into the future. I am honored to be a part of their journey.
What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?
I would love to start a Global Education Club. I received a Master of Global Management from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona where I met my husband, Robert. We traveled extensively as a dual career couple overseas in Europe, East Asia and in South America. I was a banker specializing in cash management and he was an executive for the Coca-Cola Company. We lived overseas for ten years in Santiago, Chile; Quito, Ecuador and Caracas, Venezuela. Our daughters Katie and Margaret were born in Santiago and Caracas respectively and hold dual citizenship in the United States and the country of their birth. The opportunity to live overseas has enriched my life and I hope to encourage the students of NPX to engage in global exchange programs, as well as to participate in domestic cultural activities to enrich their lives through the celebration of our common humanity.
What are your favorite books in our curriculum?
As a history teacher, I must say my favorite book is The Histories, by Herodotus since the work is both foundational and aesthetically pleasing. From the medieval period of historic philosophy, I will have to say the Summa Theologica, by Thomas Aquinas.
If you could have dinner with anyone from history or literature, who would it be?
I would choose to have dinner with William Shakespeare because he has a profound understanding of the human condition. Shakespeare often presents his characters in a multidimensional and winsome manner which I find to be fascinating.
Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Ms. Strickland!