Mary Blanche Lathrop

Credentials: B.S. 1968 (Holt); M.A. 1971 UMN; 1980 J.D. UW

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Mary is a retired inner city D.C. Afro American and Houston Hispanic American community high school chemistry teacher. She has an M.A. in educational, psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1971 and a J.D. in law from UW in 1980. Mary taught high school chemistry for 25 years and practiced law for 4 years, including one year on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in S. Dakota.

D.C. 1971 to 1977, Houston 1990 to 2007. Law in the 1980s. Teaching high school chemistry was my first PASSION!!!

She is a multi award winning high school chemistry teacher including: $5250 and $2000 awards for raising the science standardized test scores of her Houston students. Also in Houston she was one of ten science teachers from across Texas to win a summer fellowship at U of T MD Anderson’s Cancer Center to study DNA and cancer, nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and won an all expense paid trip for a week to the NSTA convention in Atlanta. In D.C. she was volunteer teacher of year award and outstanding teacher from the Roosevelt High School Home and School Association.