Marissa, a Simsbury native, joined the Walker’s community in the winter of 2011 after beginning her teaching career in the local public school system. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art with a focus on Illustration from Jacksonville University, and her master’s degree in education from the University of Hartford. She holds certifications in both art education and elementary education. Marissa teaches middle school visual arts. She also teaches ceramics with students ranging from beginner through advanced level three. Marissa is passionate about engaging girls in art by encouraging her students to explore how artistic creations are born through the solving of problems.
I love teaching ceramics because art teaches life skills. Art teaches students how to problem solve, work in cooperative groups, focus and persevere, and to trust in their own abilities.
I’m a runner. I train for and compete in several marathons each year. I find running to be therapeutic, it helps me to clear my mind.
The most rewarding part about working at Walker’s is the small class sizes. This allows me to develop an intimate relationship with each of my students and personalize their art education to best suit their needs and abilities.