Alumni Mariah Cherry graduated in 2013 and went to UTA, getting a Bachelor’s in Chemistry with a minor in physics. While in high school Cherry participated in Band, UIL science and Academic Decathlon.
What have you done after high school?
“I went to UTA for four years and received a Bachelor’s in Chemistry with a minor in Physics and Education and a teaching certificate in Physical Science,” Cherry said. “Now I am a high school Chemistry teacher at Irving High School.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Chemistry class with Ms. Mullis, my timehop reminds me every year,” Cherry said.
What did you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I didn’t talk much in high school, and that can be detrimental in college because for most science classes in college you need to form study groups,” Cherry said.
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I teach High School chemistry,” Cherry said. “So I orchestrate and implement all of the lessons in the classroom, as well as coordinate with other teachers to help all students be successful in High School Chemistry.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan on getting a doctorate in Physical Chemistry and teaching at the University level,” Cherry said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Become a problem solver,” Cherry said. “No matter what you want to do, you must be able to think through a problem.”