Marty Chedalavada, or “Mrs. Ched,” hails from Venezuela, South America. She studied speech therapy and audiology in both her undergraduate and graduate programs at Howard University and Old Dominion University, respectively, working her way through school with a providential job at the National Institute of Health. Although she worked early on at the National Cancer Institute, she says she followed her children to school and moved into the education field.

At Tidewater Adventist Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia, Mrs. Ched taught several classes, as well as served as the registrar and athletic director. She holds certifications in Art, P.E., and Spanish. Currently, Mrs. Ched teaches Spanish to all grades at Atholton and art to grades seven and eight. She says one of her favorite teaching moments is when a student says, “I get it!”  If students don’t try hard enough, though, they will likely hear another of Mrs. Ched’s favorite sayings, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” 

Mrs. Ched and her family live an active life and manage to fit in several forms of recreation. Mrs. Ched runs, bikes, and coaches sports and gymnastics. For the last two and a half years she has started signing up for races, and has done three to four a year since then. She’s run several 5Ks, two 10Ks, three half-marathons, and one full marathon. Mrs. Ched also has some less demanding hobbies. She loves to sing, photograph all sorts of things, create pottery, and make all types of crafts. Her travels have taken her to Puerto Rico, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Someday she says she’d like to serve as a missionary “somewhere where there’s a real need, where even simple things you do for people are big.”  This dream hints at Mrs. Ched’s generosity and the big heart students learn she has.