Marie was a Peace Corps volunteer along with her husband in Mahallat (Markaz-e-Iran) from 1974-75. She taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to fifth grade girls. Following Peace Corps, she graduated from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont with an MAT in English as a Second Language. Then she and her husband returned to Iran. They taught EFL to Iranian Army Air Corps from 1976-78 in Esfahan. They left with the outbreak of the Revolution. She taught ESL/EFL, participated in special programs, and conducted teacher-training classes in the U.S. and abroad. She retired in 2013 as a senior lecturer at Arizona State University, Tempe.