Maribeth Diener Friesen '76
Major/Minor at GC:
Social work/ art; returned to GC in 1990
for a teaching certificate
Maribeth Diener Friesen raised three children after graduating from
Goshen College. When her youngest son was ready to go to school,
she did too, returning to Goshen College to learn to help raise
She now teaches second grade at Jefferson Elementary in Middlebury,
Ind. a job she says is enriched by her life experience as
a mother and as a child care worker. Children, she believes, can
be very effective teachers themselves.
Friesen saw the college from a new perspective as a nontraditional
I was glad for the accessible professors and small classes,
and also found a greater appreciation for the campus spirituality
than I had as a younger person, she said.
Friesen consciously transfers the colleges commitment to service
to her own life.
I believe strongly in the fact that we all have a reason for
being here and I believe that it is to serve others, said
Friesen. Every year I have very challenging students in my
class and I think of them as teachers what am I going to
learn from them?