Ideally, I think teachers should support and facilitate students growing into their own passions, while teaching them how to enjoy life and helping them to find their way into living meaningful lives.”

Marissa’s Story

Teaching Discipline


Why Chemistry

“I find the composition of our world to be fascinating. I want to teach students how to identify patterns, make observations, and create explanations based on evidence.”

Professional Experience

Marissa spent one summer working as a camp counselor in Israel. While there, she facilitated discussions with 15- and 16-year-old students about Jewish, Zionist, and Socialist values. She began teaching at McKinley Technology High School full time in January 2016. She currently serves as 10th grade team lead.


Marissa enjoys hiking, running, singing, dancing, knitting, reading and playing the ukulele.

Academic Background

  • University of Virginia (Master of Arts in Education)
  • University of Virginia (Bachelor of Science in Chemistry)