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Marissa Klein


English and History, MS Teacher
Middle School
MS Classroom Teacher - English
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B.A., English, Stanford University 2004
M.A., Teaching English to speakers of other languages, American University 2012
M.A., Education, Stanford University 2014
Teaching Credential, English, State of California 2014

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Marissa's favorite part of teaching middle school English is helping kids find books they love and then setting them on the path to become lifelong readers. Her goal is to guide students in understanding how to read, write, and tell stories across multiple genres and styles. In so doing, the students gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. She appreciates the curiosity and quirkiness of middle schoolers most of all. For over ten years, Marissa has taught grades six through ten in independent and public schools in the Bay Area, which has given her a clear vision of what skills students need as they prepare to enter high school English courses.

Previously, Marissa worked in journalism, marketing, and consulting before discovering her passion for education while teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a university in China. Marissa is from Southern California, where she attended a beloved independent K-8 school similar to AVS. She has been in the Bay Area off and on since 2004, when she moved north to attend Stanford. When she's not teaching, Marissa enjoys traveling (she has visited nearly 75 countries) and updating her spreadsheet of every book she has read. ​