Marilyn began her tenure at DSHA in 1992 when she was recruited by fellow alumna Betty Jo Azpell to teach anatomy & physiology at DSHA. In 1997, Marilyn introduced AP Biology to DSHA, teaching it for ten years until her retirement in 2007. Students who took her AP Biology class were known to achieve outstanding results on the AP exam. Several alumnae have been known to use their notes from Marilyn’s class in their college science courses – a credit to Marilyn’s teaching and ability to produce outstanding academic results.
Preceding DSHA, she taught general science and biology for nearly twenty-three years at Butler Middle School, Brookfield East High School, and Brookfield Academy.
Known for her dedication to teaching, Marilyn was honored with the Kohl Fellowship Teaching Award in 2002, and the Sigma Xi Marquette University Outstanding High School Science Teacher Award in 2003.
Marilyn has been an active member of the Milwaukee community. She served on St. Joseph’s School Board for three years, is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and served as the first co-president and founding member of Women for MACC – an organization dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.
Marilyn graduated from Divine Savior High School in 1964. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from UW-Madison.
Marilyn and her husband have three sons and three grandsons.