Marquis Emerging Leaders

Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire

Title: Education Consultant

Company: EduCom

Location: Massachusetts

Education: EdD, Catholic University of America (1990); MA in Drama, Catholic University of America (1962); BA, Speech, Drama, Mundelein College (Now Loyola University, Chicago), Chicago, IL (1958)

Career History: Education Consultant, Private Practice, Annapolis, MD (1987-Present); Director of Education, Tall Oaks Early Learning Center, Bowie, MD (1991-1994); With, Speech Department, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1990-1992); Director of Marketing, Alpha Gallery, Rockville, MD (1988-1990); Director, Marketing, Applied Business Technology, Adelphi, MD (1988-1989); Artistic Director, Opera Bel Canto, Takoma Park, MD (1983-1985); Legal Secretary, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC (1981-1985)

Dr. Mary Ann Cashman-McGuire, Education Consultant at EduCom, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of education.

Guided by a love for teaching and her students, Dr. Cashman-McGuire has built an accomplished career in education that’s spanned more than 30 years and several institutions of learning. She has served as an education consultant out of EduCom, her private practice in Annapolis, Maryland since 1987 and a professor at Arundel Community College since 2000.

Launching her career as a legal secretary for Arnold & Porter in 1981, Dr. Cashman-McGuire co-founded and became an artistic director at Opera Bel Canto from 1983 to 1985 and then found success as the director of marketing for both Applied Business Technology and Alpha Gallery between 1988 and 1990. It was in 1989 that she proudly took the role of an adjunct professor within the speech and theater department at Prince George’s Community College up until 1996, during which time she also taught continuing education, speech, and drama. Outside of these primary roles, she has found success as an instructor within the speech department at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1990 to 1992, the director of education at Tall Oaks Early Learning Center from 1991 to 1994, and the president of the local branch of the National Council for Geocosmic Research from 1995 to 1997. For 11 years, she taught at the Dahlgren Military Base in Virginia, which she found to be extremely rewarding. Throughout all of her experience in academia, it has been the looks on the faces of her students while she taught that have fueled her excitement most.

On the civic side of things, Dr. Cashman-McGuire has long been active in her community in Maryland. She was the publicity chair of the Save Takoma Park Committee from 1964 to 1968, chair of the Antiques Seminar Group from 1968 to 1985, co-founder of the Takoma Park House and Garden Committee in the 1970s, chair of the Community Improvement Board from 1970 to 1984, and a consultant for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in 1993. Since 2004, she has organized Ranger Rosaries at St. Mary’s Church, and since 2008, she has served as a historian for the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Historians. Additionally, her lifelong love for theater led her to form a youth drama group in the city of Takoma Park, through which she writes plays for children. Just as prolific as an author, Dr. Cashman-McGuire has authored “View Alternative School: An Historic and Ethnographic Analysis of Its Founding, Development” for the Catholic University of America, “Voice and Diction Today,” “Stage Movement for Singers,” and numerous articles for professional journals.

Dr. Cashman-McGuire gravitated toward her profession at a young age, when her passion for art and theater led to her interest in drama school. While a student at Mundelein College, now known as Loyola University Chicago, she decided that speech and drama were the fields for her—as they encompassed everything she loved in the arts—and ultimately obtained a Bachelor of Arts in them in 1958. She followed that up with a Master of Arts in drama from the Catholic University of America in 1962, and later returned to the Washington, D.C. institution for a Doctor of Education in 1990.

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