JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – New York resident Heather Marshall has been named Alumna of the Year at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. She will be honored during halftime of the university’s Homecoming football game on Oct. 29.
Marshall earned an MS in education from JSU in 1999. She holds a BA in international relations from Samford University and is pursuing a Master’s of Disability Studies at City University of New York.
Upon graduating from JSU – where she was named Phi Delta Kappa Medal Student Teacher of the Year and received the Award for Excellence in Secondary Education – Marshall began her teaching career at Gardendale High School in Gardendale, Ala. She went on to teach at Roebuck Community Adult Learning Center and EB Erwin High School in Birmingham before moving to New York in 2003 to teach at York Preparatory School. In 2014, she was promoted to her current position as dean of its Upper School.
Marshall serves as an advocate for people with disabilities and, in 2015, was appointed to the leadership council for the New York City chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. She is a member of the Society for Disability Studies, the Association of Teachers for Independent Schools and the New York Historical Society.
About Jacksonville State University: Located in the Appalachian foothills midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, Jacksonville State University has grown from humble beginnings as a state teachers college in 1883 into the Alabama regional university with the highest percentage of accredited programs. Jacksonville State offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, graduate certificates, and two doctoral degrees. Learn more at www.jsu.edu.