Welcome to #HathChat: In this new blog series, we’re featuring a Q&A with a different member of the Hathaway Brown faculty and staff. Bookmark hb.edu/blog for a new HathChat every other week!
One of Hathaway Brown’s longest employed staff members, Mary Toth got her start at the school in 1979. Starting her career as an Administrative Assistant, Mary has been the Executive Assistant to the Head of School since 1987, calling it “the best career choice of my life.” Read on to learn more!
Tell us about the path that you took and eventually led you to Hathaway Brown School.
The path that led me to Hathaway Brown started with a career at the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Cleveland. I learned a lot at The Fed and it was a great experience but I also realized that a career in banking was not for me. After leaving the Fed, I landed a job working for an employment agency as a recruiter. I really enjoyed helping people find a new career path but the position was more sales-oriented than I had expected. So I decided to place myself in the agency’s care as a candidate and was sent to Hathaway Brown School for an interview. In August of 1979, I became HB’s first Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Middle School, John Crabb. Then in January of 1987, I was approached by Interim Head of School Adele Sands who asked if I would be interested in becoming the assistant to the new Head of School, Bill Christ. Accepting Adele’s offer was the best career choice of my life. Working for Bill these past 28 years has been an honor and a privilege. We make a great team!
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love everything about Hathaway Brown. I truly believe that I would not be the person I am today were it not for the opportunities afforded to me by being part of this amazing School. In the past 36 years at the “University of Hathaway Brown” I have met so many wonderfully talented, interesting and smart people and I have learned so much from them. Many have become dear friends who have been there for me in good times and bad times – they are what make HB so special.
What is something that people may not know about you?
Most people might not know that I have performed in dozens of musical theatre productions at local community theatres throughout Cleveland. Singing is my passion. Currently I am singing in a women’s vocal group called “MusiGals” under the direction of former HB Upper School Choral Director Jennifer Cochran. We are a group of about 18 women who love to sing and we perform at nursing homes and other venues – we have a great time together.
After 30 years here on the job, what advice would you give for girls and women to stay happy in their careers?
Where life takes you, and if you are fortunate to work at a place as wonderful as HB, learn as much as you can from the people around you and appreciate every moment.
Stay tuned for a new HathChat later this month!