Marisa is currently in training for Upper Level Elementary through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies and conducting her internship year. She is also is the program coordinator and an instructor of the Center for Montessori Education’s Infant/Toddler Guide Training Program in New Rochelle NY. She is certified at the Infant/Toddler level through CME|NY and was the head guide of the toddler community at the Montessori Children’s Center in White Plains NY for 5 years prior to moving to the Ithaca Area in 2010. She trains new Montessori teachers throughout the US and Asia. Marisa began working with children through tutoring with The Sisters of Mercy Mission in an urban development in Wilkes-Barre, PA and continued as a student advisor with Project Upward Bound for many years. She graduated from Wilkes University with majors in Political Science and Sociology. She believes deeply in the values and connection of service. She loves astronomy, physics, fiber work, theatre, and gardening. Marisa lives in Candor, NY with her husband, Rob, two children, Rowan and Maeve (both current EACMSI students) and their cat, Ginger.