Currently a Student in grade
September 8, 2013
For accomplished alumna Maraya Brown, St. Mark is a family affair. Maraya’s mother Nicole Brown has taught at St. Mark for fourteen years, originally teaching 4th grade and now 3rd grade. Maraya’s youngest brother Cyrus is a 6th grader at St. Mark's, where he sings in the gospel choir and plays trumpet in the concert band. Maraya attended St. Mark from Pre-K to 8th grade, graduating in 2010. She always had to be “on her best behavior” because her mother works here. When she had her mother as a teacher in 4th grade, it was a year of “no excuses.” Maraya learned to “respect teachers” because of her mother’s profession. “I get my ambition from my mother,” she says.
Born and raised in Harlem, Maraya truly enjoyed spending her formative years at St. Mark, where she met her best friend. She sang in the school choir, managed the basketball team, and “learned to interact with different types of people.” She appreciated the small setting at St. Mark, as well as the “sense of religion” here. “I had a great learning experience,” she proclaims.
Maraya recently graduated from St. Jean Baptiste High School, where she was President of the Student Council as well as a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and two dance teams (African and Latin to represent her heritage). She was also a student ambassador and a peer tutor. For her community service requirement, Maraya spent every Wednesday of her senior year volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in Mrs. Gordon’s Kindergarten class at St. Mark's. She feels it is important to “give back because St. Mark's has done so much for me.” Maraya is now a freshman at Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She plans to major in a STEM field and eventually become a lawyer. She is proud of her roots at St. Mark's, and St. Mark is proud of her! “St. Mark opened doors for me,” says Maraya. “It helped me get to where I am today.”