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B.A. in Communication Sciences/Disorders, University of Vermont; M.S. in Education with a focus in Childhood Education and Special Education, St. John's University. Marisa began her career in education working at Prep for Prep, a nonprofit organization that supports and provides personal growth opportunities for students of color, over five years ago. She later worked at independent and charter schools in New York City as a teacher. In her role as a teacher, Marisa has held many leadership positions. She has served as a grade level leader and initiated career awareness and physical fitness programs in her schools. She currently works at P.S. 38M, a district school in Manhattan where she teaches 5th grade in a collaborative team teaching setting. Marisa aspires to be an effective and efficient leader at an urban school, which will provide teachers and students with the skills, training and education needed to reach their highest potential.