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Georgetown College graduate Mariah Addington returns home to Russell to teach new generation


It’s a bit of a homecoming for recent Georgetown College graduate Mariah Addington.

A graduate of Russell High School, she is returning home this fall as an English teacher, having just graduated from Georgetown this spring. So how does she plan to tackle this new challenge?

“I once heard one of the best things you can do for your job is find the people who are like marigolds to you,” Addington said. “When Marigold flowers are planted around other plants they protect them and help them grow. Georgetown was full of marigolds for me. I just know for me to thrive, I will need to find those people who are like marigolds to me.”

A graduate of Russell High School, Mariah Addington is returning home this fall as an English teacher.

Heavily involved in her sorority, Phi Mu, as well as the Georgetonian, Addington feels that Georgetown College fully prepared her for the challenges ahead. “Georgetown provided me with an adaptable education,” she said. “I believe Georgetown gave me the tools not only for my future career as a teacher, but the tools to succeed as an adult in whatever field I choose to go in to.”

When asked about her professors during her time at the college, she could list the ones who influenced her all day. “Dr. (Lisa) Eddy was with me on my best and worst days,” Addington said. “Her dedication to students and to teaching inclusion will inspire me forever.”

Addington mentions Dr. Jane Arrington inspiring her to think creatively, Dr. Ellen Emerick teaching her to write what matters to her, and Dr. Rosemary Allen’s heart for English. “She made a place where true literature learning was fostered. I always felt that she had my best interest at heart and only wanted to see me do the best I could do,” Addington said.

As she embarks on this new challenge, she reflected back on her time at Georgetown and knows it will carry her far. “Being a Georgetown alum means knowing your education will carry you through any career,” she said. “Georgetown made me a deep thinker and a life-long learner.”

For Addington, it also means always having people who support you and care for you. “In my last moments on Georgetown’s campus, I was reminded that being an alum meant I always had a garden of marigolds to come back to. I’m grateful for my school,” she said.

From Georgetown College

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