Marcia De Young graduated from Union High School about the time Grand Valley State was just beginning! She graduated from Michigan State University and began her teaching career in Lansing, Michigan, then went overseas teaching for the Military Schools in Okinawa (1 year), Germany (5 years) and Turkey (2 years). She returned to the USA in time to celebrate the bicentennial in the Silver Spring, Maryland area, and taught for 13 more years there. She retired in 2005 and returned to her home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Throughout those teaching years, Marcia has appreciated educational programs and has used them in teaching. By supporting WGVU she is helping to ensure these quality educational programs continue for teachers today. Marcia also feels the importance of cultural programming. WGVU has great music and classic theatre available to those who may not experience live performances, or observe cultural differences through traveling as she has over the years. Marcia feels that travel does broaden one’s experience, and loves the programming of WGVU and travel.
Since retiring, Marcia has volunteered in many areas. She ushers patrons in four local theatres for music and theatrical productions and sings in the Kentwood Senior Chorale at various venues around Grand Rapids. Volunteering is her simple way of saying thank you to a broader community. Only recently has she joined the volunteers at WGVU and has helped at KidsDay at the Zoo, and Food, Wine & All That Jazz night at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.
In the role of WGVU Member Correspondent, Marcia has committed to coming to WGVU twice monthly and contacting WGVU members to say “Thank You” by phone or in a personal note. Every cent that is given to WGVU, aids in continuing quality educational programming to our West and Southwest Michigan communities.