Ms. Marisa Dudiak


Ms. Marisa DudiakWho was your favorite teacher? Why?


My favorite teacher was Mrs. Kubow in a Maryland Kindergarten.  She was kind to let an energetic little girl participate in Show & Tell EVERYDAY!  Yes, I wanted to do Show & Tell every day.  Finally, my mom asked her to let me know I didn’t need to share every day because we were running out of items to “show.”


What are three things every teacher should own?


I mention “tools” in general because those tools might be different for each teacher depending on what fits their teaching style.
1.)  Tools to help keep their instruction and classroom organized for optimal learning.
2.)  Tools to help with classroom management.
3.)  Tools to effectively model strategies and concepts—making the learning explicit, engaging, and concrete.


If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?


I would have loved Helen Keller to be my principal.  I feel she would bring her genuine warmth and love of learning to all types of learners and abilities.  She would motivate students and faculty alike with her capabilities.


What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?


Remember Show & Tell in Kindergarten??—I would love to be in the entertainment arena.


Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.


Any comprehension lesson or strategy instruction that helps students become more active and engaged in a story or character.  Helping books come alive for students!


What is the greatest misconception about teachers?


That a teacher gets the summer off!  I was a second career educator and as I was leaving the business world (where the pay and perks are more prevalent) and many of my business world colleagues commented on my impending summers off.   NOT!


What stereotype about teachers is true?


That sometimes teachers can be overly nurturing to the detriment of their students learning to be independent and accountable.


How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?


Playing school in my basement with anyone I could wrangle down there to be my students.  It wasn’t an option for me NOT to be the teacher.


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