Degrees and Certifications:
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist Communications Award BA degree in Communications, Associate in Journalism
Ms. Mary Beth Marino
My Hometown was Dayton, Ohio; Moved to Atlanta, GA as an adult and lived there until 2012 then I moved to Leesburg, VA to be near to my son and his family. Son, Kevin Goff works at USA today in management. His wife Beth is a Speech Pathologist at Cool Springs Elementary. They have three children, Ben, Maggie and Joe. Kevin's older Sister, Karen is deceased from the age of 20.
I attended Mercer University Atlanta, as a non-traditional student. I majored in Journalism and Communications, worked in the Career Counseling/Student Affairs Office and did work study in the Media Department. Likewise, I received a Communications Award at my graduation ceremony, in 1990.
I come from a family of eight children, 4 boys and 4 girls. My Father was a Police Captain in Oakwood Ohio and my Mom was a homemaker.
Prior to college, I was fortunate to have a successful career having worked at Fortune 500 Companies, NCR, GA Pacific, IBM. I also worked for 10 years at The Georgia Lottery Corporation as an Executive Assistant to the CEO & VP of Marketing.
I also worked in 3 universities; Emory University, University of Dayton, and Mercer University.
Finally, my true career was as a Newspaper Contributing Editor/Writer for "The Georgia Bulletin" and working at WXIA 11ALIVE TV as a Producer and Community Coverage of News. Writing is my passion, and my website which I built is https://www.thewritingeditor.com
My retirement job is in Loudoun County Public Schools where I have worked in the Front Office of John Champ; I was also a TA for Study Hall until I was hired at Lightridge High School as a TA in Special Education. I am very happy to be a part of Lightridge High School.