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Margie Yeager, J01

About Her

Taught second grade in Washington, DC, as a Teach for America volunteer, then earned a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

  • Currently is a policy analyst with the US Department of Education
  • In her spare time, volunteers as a Big Sister, interviews prospective students for the Tufts Alumni Admission Program, and plays tennis
  • Gives annually to Tufts at Ivory Tusk level, $100 multiplied by the number of years since graduation.

Her Passion

I love teaching and I love kids. After teaching in an underprivileged school, I have a new understanding of the unbelievable hurdles that children face in getting a good education and being able to succeed in life. It is impossible to witness and not be compelled to act.

Her Proudest Achievement

Watching my first class of second-grade pupils graduate from fifth grade this past June.

A Teacher Who Made a Difference in Her Life

When I was in second grade I had a very rough year. (The bad karma came back to haunt me 15 years later when I had some misbehaving second-graders of my own.) The next year, my third-grade teacher, Ms. Murphy, quickly straightened me out by giving me increasingly difficult work until I stopped acting out and started concentrating. I gained a confidence that has served me well since.

Last Book Read

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in eight hours straight without stopping. Though I am a dedicated non-fiction reader, once I started reading the series with my pupils, I got hooked.

Motto

"Of those to whom much has been given, much is expected."

Why She Gives

Tufts gave me critical thinking and analytical skills that have helped me succeed in everything I have done since. I have always felt extremely fortunate to have had such a complete college experience with engaging classes, lifelong friends, and professors who continue to provide guidance and mentoring. Giving back as I am able allows me to express my gratitude and ensure that others can enjoy a similarly enriching college experience.