Who is Marcie?
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
I remember the day I realized I was ready for more. I had my first "real" job after college. I was working as a customer service representative for Chevrolet Motor Division outside Detroit, Michigan. Helping stranded motorists on their 24 hour helpline was what I did. After a very irate caller and feeling deflated I took q quick step outside for some fresh air. It was spring and the breeze drifted past and warmed my cheek; the blue sky surrounded me. I am made for more I thought to myself as I looked out at a jam packed parking lot. I wanted to make a difference that is why I became a teacher.
In a blink of an eye, I quit my job and made some major changes. I went back to school at Michigan State University to pursue teaching. I have gone back to school now a total of four times, always learning and growing, which is rather ironic. I wasn't what you would call an outstanding student...I was just average when it came to academics. Oh, I learned to love reading ...eventually and I did love writing (this is what my Master's is in and my two favorite subjects to teach) In college I loved a blue book exam! But, I always did get people and I think teaching especially elementary kids is about relationships and caring. That is a big piece of teaching.
Flash forward sixteen years and I am still just as passionate about teaching. I am still learning and growing. In my current role I am the reading interventionist for a elementary school outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. This after teaching second grade for thirteen years. As the reading interventionist- I work with teachers setting up a program focused on 30 additional minutes of reading instruction in targeted areas based on what kids need; enrichment for those on grade level, extension for those above grade level, and provide intervention for those students at-risk. It is a unique approach to allow for some great work across the board at just what the child needs. I keep close track of students needing intervention, plan instruction, oversee some literacy tutors, and help teachers in any way I can.
On a personal note; I am also a wife and mother. Being a mom is truly a gift and one I never thought was in my future. Beautiful how life works out.