2002 - Roosevelt College - Human Development

A backstroke specialist and four-year NCAA Division II All-American, Molly McCorkle lettered on four teams that all finished in the top four at the NCAA Division II Championships (1999-2002). She is still listed in the UCSD top ten in both the 100 and 200 backstroke events.

After graduating in 2002, McCorkle began pursuing her teaching career, teaching kindergarten at nearby La Jolla Country Day School while concurrently earning a credential and Masters in Education at National University. At the same time she also coached boys and girls water polo and swimming.

During the summer of 2005, she taught journalism, SAT preparation and ESL to high school students from around the world at the Leysin American School in Switzerland. Upon her return to the States, she started teaching second grade at The Rhoades School, a private, accelerated school focusing on gifted children, in Encinitas. She is in her fourth year there.

A native of San Francisco, McCorkle has continued to live in La Jolla and athletic activities are still a central part of her life. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including surfing and ocean swimming and for the last three years has become increasingly (and successfully) involved in triathlon.

She races on World Champion Michellie Jones’ triathlon team, competing in events around the United States. This summer, McCorkle finished second in the Lake Stevens Half Ironman, her favorite distance, in Washington. In each of the past three years, she has qualified for the Half Ironman World Championships in Clearwater, FL.

McCorkle also incorporates sports into her teaching, organizing kids’ races and annually taking a group of students to the Legoland Magic Mile.