From a very young age, Marisa was awakened by culture due to her mother’s endless commitment to helping refugees with resettlement in the Twin Cities Metro area. Marisa’s home was filled with Vietnamese, Hmong, Liberian, and Somali families ever since she can remember. These experiences along with having her first generation Italian immigrant grandmother live with her, helped open her eyes to a global perspective.
Marisa continued her love for culture and diversity by working in education for the last twenty years in unique cultural settings. These include an Ojibwe school in Minneapolis, MN, a Somali school in St. Paul, MN, as well as several Spanish bilingual/dual language schools in the Milwaukee, WI area. Having so many experiences in different school systems has helped her develop an eye for analyzing systems issues and looking at the big picture in order to help create equity and access for ALL students.
Marisa’s expertise is rooted deep in English as a Second Language as follows:
- Graduate Program in ESL from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN 2016
- Twenty years experience as an educator, including teaching, mentoring and instructional coaching at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels
- English Language Development and Advanced Learning Coordinator for the School District of Waukesha, Waukesha, WI
- Adjunct Faculty for Carroll University and Viterbo University
- WIDA PRIME V2 Correlator
Marisa is a national and international speaker and presenter including: 2018 and 2019 National WIDA Conference, 2019 International TESOL Conference, 2019 State WIABE Conference, 2019 AAIE International Conference, 2019 Learning Forward Conference