Marianne Lamarche

Marianne Lamarche

Human Development and Family Science

Originally from Canada, Lamarche is bound for Greece to teach English as part of a fellowship program


Alpharetta. Originally from Montréal, Canada


Human Development & Family Science

Minors in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Spanish


Foundation Fellow, First Honor Graduate, Zell Miller Scholarship, P.E.O STAR Scholarship, Breakthrough Collaborative Teaching Scholarship Award, Blue Key Honor Society (Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarship Award), Palladia Women’s Society, Dean William Tate Honor Society (Treasurer), Visitors Center (Tour Leader), UGA Ballroom Performance Group (Principal Dancer), Athens Prison Tutorial (Co-President), Human Development & Family Science Association (Vice President), Biology, Early Experiences, & Development Lab (Research Assistant), ExperienceUGA (Ambassador), Paper Airplanes (Tutor), UGA Theatre (Ensemble), International Rescue Committee (Adult Education Intern), reBlossom Parent & Child Shop & Center (Spring HDFS Intern), Breakthrough Norfolk Academy (Teaching Fellow), UGA Cortona Summer Program (Student)

Why I chose my major

I’m convinced I was a budding developmental scientist before I even knew the field existed! As a teenager, I was hooked on The Birth Order Book, I babysat for almost every family in my neighborhood, and I participated in extracurricular summer psychology courses. Senior year, when I received a UGA brochure in the mail, I remember reading 'Human Development & Family Science' for the first time and thinking: YES! That’s exactly what I want to study!

I changed my mind numerous times about second majors (with bouts in Romance Languages, Linguistics, and Elementary Education) and minors (I settled on TESOL and Spanish), but I have stuck with HDFS since my application to UGA over four years ago. Even when I was uncertain about where my career was headed, I knew that this program was preparing me for an exciting range of work impacting communities through children and families.

What I like most about FACS

FACS students and faculty are truly devoted to building awareness of the 'Science of Living Well'. I have found myself countless times giving mini-lectures to my family and friends about the equally fascinating and vital information I’ve learned in our classes! We have incredible faculty in the HDFS department who connect our course content to relevant issues, constantly improve their teaching strategies, and are committed to supporting us as future family science professionals. 

Post-graduation plans

In August, I will be moving to Thessaloniki, Greece to teach English to students in grades K-6 as the Postgraduate Elementary Education Fellow for Anatolia College.

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