Most fulfilled when he is giving back to his community, Marcus Welch ‘09 found his passion working in the field of education. He is a paraprofessional in the New York City Department of Education, working specifically with Special Needs students. Describing his current position as “humbling,” Marcus explains, “I've grown to understand the importance of raising the awareness that all students do not learn on an equal playing field.” In his work helping students gain access to resources and support, Marcus strives to do just that.
Marcus recognizes the tremendous impact teachers have on shaping their students. “As my parents would always say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and as a young man I totally agree.” Reflecting on his time at SHSH, Marcus explains, “I think each teacher in their own way shaped me in some form or fashion. More specifically, Mr. Parker, Mr. Smiley and Mr. Sheehan helped shape me by teaching me the importance of commitment, dedication and sportsmanship.”
Marcus taught these same lessons to SHSH students last year. Finding his way back home to St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s to coach boys basketball, Marcus coached alongside some of the very same coaches who taught him. Marcus describes working with Coach Laurent, Coach Parker, and Coach Smiley as an “honor,” and he was filled with pride helping the students improve their performance. “I can’t thank Patti Lesser and the whole department enough for this experience,” Marcus says.
What advice does Marcus have for current SHSH students? “Be open to experiencing life as it is happening, especially dealing with COVID-19.” Marcus encourages students to live in the moment and take advantage of all the resources the school has to offer. Thank you, Marcus!