MARISA E THOMPSON
Secondary ELA Teacher PD Instructor Presenter
I am an educator living and working in Southern California and am easily the luckiest person. I have a family I adore, friends who are family, and a life of variety, fun, and joy.
I have an M.A. in Teacher Education and more than a dozen years of classroom experience teaching various levels of English including AP, Honors, College Prep, Remedial English, and Transitional English for English Learners. As a member of my district's Modern Learning Spaces, OER, Digital Portfolios, and ELA vertical teams, I help assess success and develop curriculum and environmental goals for the secondary level as well as K-12. I am an online instructor for the University of San Diego, a designated cooperating teacher for a CSU credential program, and a guest collaborator for a credential program at a private university.
Besides teaching, I have worked as a coach and club advisor, and have traveled with students on educational trips to Greece, Turkey, Peru, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Traveling internationally since I was nine, I have been fortunate enough to visit more than twenty countries and nearly every continent.
I believe in the power of education, the transformative effects of travel, and the joy the unexpected can bring. My children and students prove to me each day we can be optimistic about our future and I am grateful to be a part of their lives.
Take some time to explore the blog, read something interesting, and feel free to reach out! I'd love to collaborate and always appreciate a trip suggestion.