• Shrina Patel

Staff Highlight: Marcy Vicens


Marcy is our English teacher and part of Association House High School. Her favorite part of her experience is that everyone here is an extended member of her family. In honor of Women's History Month, she shares what this month means to her and the women who have influenced her life.


Headshot of Marcy Vicens, a white female, in front of the High School logo.

What is your favorite part of your experience with Association House? I have a long history with Association House, even starting before my birth. My mother worked for the agency for 17 years starting August 14, 1983. 30 years later to the date, I began my first position as a GED Instructor right out of college. Association House has always been another home for me and I credit many of the women who have come and gone from this agency for a lot of my favorite life experiences. These women were my first email pen pals, helped me get ready for prom, helped me get my first job and taught me how to advance my career, and still to this day are the ones I turn to when I need advice. My favorite part of my experience is then that everyone here is an extended member of my family.


Is there a woman that has influenced you the most in your life and/or career? My mom is one of my biggest supporters. She always done whatever she could to be helpful, either by reading over my essays in school, or babysitting my kids now so that I can get work done. My mom is also a mom to everyone she encounters. She opens her home to support her loved ones who need a place to stay or just a meal. She is the matriarch of our family and friends, and I can only hope to be that guiding post for my family in the future.

Why do we need more women in leadership? Women make up 50% of the population, it should only be right that at a minimum, we hold 50% of leadership positions in the world. That is only logical. Every person has their strengths and it is only through having a diverse group of people can those strengths be combined to create something new and wonderful. Having only one certain perspective doesn't help the population as a whole.


What does Women’s History Month mean to you? I believe Women's History Month means celebrating not only the trailblazing women who have impacted the world on a grand scale, but also to those women who have personally touched your life and help you to become your own unique self. On that note, I would like to dedicate my staff highlight to all the women from Association House that have impacted my life. From the women of AHHS, to Harriet Sadauskas & Julie Rodriguez, to my previous 6th floor lunch crew, and finally the last but never least, my mom and my aunt, Yolanda & Beatriz Vicens, without whom I would not be the woman I am today.