Chemistry Professor Marie Underdown is in her seventh year as a full-time professor with LSC-Montgomery and this year was one of the three recipients of LSC-Montgomery’s Faculty Excellence Award.
Prior to working for LSC-Montgomery full-time, she was an adjunct professor, both at LSC-Montgomery and at LSC-North Harris. She has also served as an adjunct professor, as well as a science lab coordinator for Richland College in the Dallas County Community College District and as an instructor for the Collin County Community College District system in north Texas. Underdown also has experience teaching high school chemistry in the Dallas area as well as in New York.
Underdown has a master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Texas at Dallas; a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; and an associate’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tri-County College in South Carolina.
Charity is also important to Underdown, who recently purchased a horse, Tankerbell, to donate to the Leap of Faith, an Equine Assisted Therapy organization, located in Conroe, which provides physical, mental and social therapy for riders of all ages with physical and mental handicaps. She is a member of many community organizations including The Rotary Club of Lake Conroe; Leadership Montgomery County, Class of 2006; The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Montgomery County; The Montgomery County Chorale Society: the YMCA of Conroe and is the founder of the BEARS (Bringing the Elderly and Animals Relief through Service).
Underdown also writes two weekly columns for The Courier newspaper. She lives in Conroe with her husband, Dave, and two cats, Rennie and Boo-Ann. She has two grown children, David and Lauren, two step-children, Ryan and Aimee, and one perfect grandchild, Brooke.
Says Underdown, “What inspires me to strive for excellence? Students! Many of my students are faced with a variety of personal challenges that are as diversified as they are. The small classes in the community college allow me the opportunity to not only be their teacher, but also their mentor and, in some cases, their confidant. What excites me? Their success!”