After a five year stint living in Colorado, Washington State and abroad teaching conversational English in Gwangu, South Korea, Mara is finally home in Juneau. Mara is excited to be in the UAS Masters in Teaching program, and is thrilled to call Thunder Mountain High School and Floyd Dryden Middle School her places of work for the year.
In 2004, Mara worked on a vigorous US Senate campaign in Juneau and other small communities in Southeast Alaska. She worked for the Juneau Teen Health Center and got involved in the Juneau Educational Community (see involvement). In 2005, Mara ran for area-wide assembly in Juneau where she attained roughly thirty percent of the votes in a three way race.
Mara attended Southern Oregon University where she was an active member of The Associated Student of Southern Oregon, sitting as the Social Science Senator. She also campaigned and lobbied with the statewide organization, the Oregon Student Association, for “representation, service and protection of the collective interest of students in post secondary education.” Mara worked for numerous organizations on campus including: housing office, resident assistant, program member, orientation leader, and outreach coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center. Mara received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in French and Women’s Studies. She also received “Who’s Who of American Universities and Colleges” Award, along with becoming a member of Omnicron Delta Kappa. Mara interned with Alaska State Rep. Beth Kerttula and US Rep. Capps (CA) the summer of 2003 for her Political Science practicum.
Mara Early was adopted from South Korea and grew up in Juneau, Alaska. She was an active member of the Juneau Jumpers and in 1999 was a member of Team USA at the International Jump Rope Championships, where the Juneau Jumpers placed third in the world and second in the nation. Mara was also an active member at Juneau Douglas High School. She was Freshmen Class President her Freshman year, School Board Representative her junior year and All Student Body President her senior year. She interned for Former Lieutenant Governor, Fran Ulmer, her senior year of high school. Mara was also a member of the National Honor Society. In the summers, Mara worked for the tourism industry, in retail and passenger service.