As a child, Marianne DeRaps played school and dreamed of one day becoming a teacher. By the time she was a high school student though, DeRaps was unsure how her dream would ever come true.
Family circumstances placed DeRaps in a situation that blocked her path to a college education. Despite excelling as a student, the responsibility of acting as the primary caregiver for a family while only in high school sapped her energy, finances, and in time dimmed her hopes for a better future.
The discovery of University College (UC) proved to be the catalyst for reaching her dreams.
DeRaps pursued her undergraduate degree in Education from the UC Center at Ellsworth, one of eight UC Centers located in communities across Maine. University College offers over 100 degree and certificate programs from the University of Maine System.
The Ellsworth Center was a quick commute, allowing DeRaps the flexibility she needed to balance her family and classwork. Staff and faculty at the Center were supportive in ways that DeRaps found inspiring. Today, as Principal of Sumner High School, DeRaps is inspiring a new generation to transcend personal challenges and reach their greatest potential through education.