I am Cheryl Hart Marquez, a Detroit resident since 1974, and a student of Detroit schools for 10 years. I am a graduate of North Lamar High School and ultimately graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1995 after transfering from Texas A&M, College Station. I have a Bachelor's degree in Government and graduated cum laude while working full-time. I married my husband, Eduardo, in 1996, who works for the Sysco Corporation, and we have two children, Matthew and Madeleine, ages 17 and 13. Matthew’s interests are the FFA organization, where he currently serves in chapter, district , and area leadership, and music (he plays piano, guitar, violin, and served on the Detroit Fightin' Eagle Drumline). He has participated in basketball, track, and soccer. Madeleine, who shares with me a passion for horses in general, participates with both NTHJC and DHJSC showjumping horses, basketball, runs track, and just loves animals in general. She also plays the piano.
I have worked at Detroit High School since 1998 - my entire career (after a residency at North Lamar High School and a semester there as a paraprofessional). We also live in the Detroit school district. I have served DISD as a Volleyball coach and Special Education teacher, and I am now working as the Spanish and Government teacher and the UIL Academic Coordinator. I also enjoy coaching the Current Issues and Events team and Extemporeneous Speaking, and putting together a successful NET-OLE group that represents Detroit at the annual foreign language symposium at Texas A&M – Commerce each spring. I am lucky enough to have most of Detroit's students their entire high school careers, and Detroit feels like family.
Educating is a special passion for me because education is the key to independence and self-reliance. My mother was an educator, and my father lived in extreme poverty before his education at Texas A&M changed his life (and hence my life)! My mother was also one of Texas A&M College Station's first female athletes and represented TAMU in bowling. Both of my parents taught me the value of an education, and I believe every child at Detroit deserves the very best effort by their teachers and administrators in education. Personally, I am happiest at home on my ranchette with my family and dogs, riding horses, and spending time on my childhood homeplace, my Daddy's ranch, the Ace O'Hart's Ranch. Professionally, I aim to make a difference in the lives of the students in this community. GO DETROIT EAGLES!!!!