Marlena's Bio Marlena has been an educator since 1986. She works for the Fresno County Office of Education as the Coordinator II of Instructional Technology Services.
Her past jobs include teacher in most grades K-8, Curriculum Coach, Curriculum Coordinator and Curriculum & Instruction/ English Leaner Services Coordinator. She holds a MS degree in Reading Instruction.
She became a Rock Star Teacher Faculty in 2014. In 2015 she earned her Leading Edge for the Administrator certification and the Leading Edge for the Digital Educator in 2015. She was accepted into the Google Innovator Academy in 2016.
Born in Pacific Grove, she grew up in the small farming community of Salinas where her grandparents were dairy ranchers and the Rodeo was the main event of the year! Her favorite memories are of helping her grandfather feed the calves on the dairy ranch, playing with the neighborhood kids until the street lights came on, and camping all summer long at Uvas Meadows where she fished for crawdads, swam all day, and generally ran wild! After graduating from tiny Golden Sierra High School in the foothills of Northern California, Marlena attended Chico State University, completed her student teaching at the renowned Hooker Oak Elementary School, and began her teaching adventure!! She currently lives in a small town near Yosemite National Park and works for the Fresno County Office of Education.
A few Central California School districts provided variety and experiences for personal growth. And what an adventure it has been! With a career that spans 25 years in grades K, 1, 2, 1/2, 2/3, 5, 6, 7, OC, district administration, and county office support, she has seen the many aspects of education. She learns something new at every turn and she hopes the quest to learn never stops!
Marlena has been happily married for over 30 years and has two fabulous and wonderful daughters!
Note: The quote, "Little by little one travels far," has become my mantra since first hearing this line many years ago in my youth. Some say Tolkien never wrote that line, but it does not matter, for it has taken me far. :)
What People are Saying about Marlena....
Marlena is an exemplar of the power that teacher
voice can have on the profession. She's evolved into one of our premier
Edcamp organizers/leaders. She's so empowered and she is always ready
to lend a hand to help a fellow educator. - Kristen Swanson Edcamp Founder "I'll miss all our creations and ideas. You were SO fun to work with." -Jon Corippo CUE Director of Academic Innovation
Marlena was wonderful in giving helpful advice, making sure that everyone was up to speed throughout the whole conference, and open for lots of questions. She's a keeper! -2016 Session Participant
I am new to the iPad; Marlena took us through the settings which was very helpful in getting acquainted with it. I had a great experience. -Beginning iPad Session Participant
Thanks for sharing all your awesome lessons. -Lindsay
"Both the (EL) kids and their families were so moved by your wonderful words and efforts to publicly recognize their efforts... Many of them asked me to convey their sincere gratitude for all you do for them." -Ceci Jackson