Chelmsford High School Alumni Association
Marianne Paresky and Grace Dunn
Awarding Criteria: Will be awarded to a deserving Senior or alumnus who is enrolled in an undergraduate degree program pursing a degree in education with the intent of a career in education.
Marianne Paresky earned her Bachelor of Arts from Emmanuel College Class of 1957, Masters from Lesley College and advanced her education at ULowell, Harvard University and Rivier College. Marianne was a life-long learner, world traveler and union activist for Chelmsford Federation of Teachers Local #3569. Marianne’s teaching career spanned 44 years.
Grace Dunn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology from Boston College Class of 1960 and obtained a Masters Degree. Grace was a Member of the AFL-CIO, AFT and MFT where she was Vice President. Additionally, Grace was a founding member and President of the Chelmsford Federal of Teachers Local #3569 along with being the Director of the Chelmsford Extended Day Program.
Marianne and Grace were lifelong educators who committed themselves to the Chelmsford School System. The “sisters” considered teaching their passion. They loved teaching as much as they loved life. They were frequently together and when not in the classroom or guiding others, they were laughing, singing or “bouncing around town” to various school, political or union events and even joined a teacher ensemble band.
Marianne and Grace worked tirelessly to create new programs and better the education of students and teachers. They believed every day was an opportunity to teach and drove students to reach their highest potential both in and outside of the classroom. During their extensive career with the Town of Chelmsford, Marianne and Grace taught over 2000 students, had a combined total of 83 years in the classroom and enriched the lives of many with their unrelenting dedication to their profession.