November 14, 2012
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Mary Ann Graziano

Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local educator, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick.

QUESTION: Why did you become a teacher?

ANSWER: I am not one who always thought she would teach. During college, I worked at a residential summer camp as a general counselor assisting with activities and sports. I loved camp so much, I wanted to continue working there and thought if I was a teacher, I could work at camp, so I chose PE which was close to what I did at camp. I left my job as a display ad sales rep and went back to college for a post-bac in Health/PE. I worked 10 more summers at Camp Starlight and am now in year 24 at Seneca!

QUESTION: What is one sentence that sums up what you believe is the key to teaching?

ANSWER: Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape.

QUESTION: When you're not teaching, you most likely can be found doing what?

ANSWER: Something in the entertainment field. I am a voice-over artist and continue training with acting and voice classes, volunteer with Pittsburgh Opera as an audio describer and perform with Gemini Children's Theater.

QUESTION: What is one thing about you that likely would surprise your students?

ANSWER: When I was in high school, I took cosmetology. I didn't know if I would go to college or trade school.


SCHOOL: Haine Middle School

GRADE: Fifth and sixth physical education

EXPERIENCE: 24 years

HOMETOWN: Penn Hills

RESIDENCE: South Side, Pittsburgh

FAMILY: Parents in North Carolina, two brothers, a sister-in-law, aunts, uncles and cousins.