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Marianne McGeary

Title:Adjunct Faculty
Department: Education


Marianne J. McGeary spent twenty years in secondary education before joining the Saint Xavier Education Department. Her career began as an English and drama teacher, moving from Brother Rice High School to Riverside Brookfield High School before continuing on to Marine Leadership Academy as English department chair. There, she led the Dual Credit program with Malcolm X College, a City College of Chicago.

As the alternative licensure coordinator at SXU, McGeary continues to mentor educators by observing and conferring with new teachers and providing guidance and verbal support in writing their planning, teaching and assessment choices in seminar classes.

McGeary, a South Sider who grew up in the Roseland neighborhood, enjoys visiting parks and festivals all over Chicago. When traveling, she and her North Sider husband visit Dublin -- James Joyce country -- and England's Lake District, home to William Wordsworth.


M.A. in English

Southern New Hampshire University

M.A. in Secondary Education

Saint Xavier University

B.A. in English and Theater

Roosevelt University

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Teaching and Learning
  • edTPA Seminar
  • Alternative Licensure: Residency I
  • Alternative Licensure: Residency II
  • Student Teaching, Middle and Secondary
  • Student Teaching, Early Childhood Education
  • Directed Teaching, Middle and Secondary
  • Field Experience for Secondary

Selected Awards and Professional Affiliations

  • National Council of Teachers of English member
  • Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society, 2016
  • Outstanding Graduate, South New Hampshire University, 2016
  • College Advising Credential, Chicago Public Schools, 2015
  • National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), 2010
  • CPS Golden Mentor, 2007
  • Chicago Northern Illinois School Press Association Excellence in Journalism Award (advisor), 2004


  • "Taking Charge of Your Career Path Through Reinvention: The Japanese Philosophy of Ikigai," Marine Leadership Academy, Career Day, 2019
  • "The Celtic Revolution of Myth and Tragedy in Irish Theater," 2016 thesis
  • "Backstage and Down Center: The Process of Student Development That Occurs in a High School Theatrical Production," 2006 thesis
  • "Second City Style Improvisation," Illinois High School Theater Festival, ISU workshop class, 2003