SOLES Student Spotlight: Marisa Manzo '20 (MEd Online Student), Curriculum and Instruction

Marisa Manzo
begin quoteMy advice for incoming students would be to make time for yourself and accept that there is always room for improvement. By giving yourself some grace and time to enjoy life, you are going to be a better student and teacher.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a fourth-year 6th grade teacher from Northern California. I grew up in the San Fransisco Bay Area and love the Warriors and Giants. I was very involved in basketball, soccer, theater, and choir growing up. I completed my undergraduate degree in 2016 at the University of the Pacific. During my time at UOP, I was a part of Tri Delta and Kappa Delta Pi (the education fraternity). Now, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my loved ones, wine tasting, and attending concerts. I recently adopted a pomsky puppy and plan to visit Europe in the near future. 

Tell us about your SOLES degree program and why you chose it.

I completed the SOLES program with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction because it best fit the parameters of my interests. I selected USD specifically because of what it had to offer academically and the support the faculty seemed to be able to provide to students. 

Who has been your favorite SOLES professor, and/or what has been your favorite class? 

Dr. Sarina Molina was my favorite professor. She was welcoming, encouraging, and provided me with a level of personal assistance that really helped me through my capstone. Regardless of the concern or question, she was always willing to help me and I appreciated how dedicated she was to her students. I felt like she had a personal stake in my success and I felt extremely supported in her class. I was dreading capstone throughout the program, but having her as my professor made it enjoyable!

What do you do to you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

In order to maintain a healthy work/life balance, I scheduled out my time for work, play, and classes. I kept up with a social calendar and spent time with friends and family to ensure that I felt rejuvenated and happy. Throughout my time in the program, I traveled to Mexico, Ireland, England, and Colorado. 

What are your post-SOLES goals and aspirations?

I really enjoy my work in the classroom so I plan to continue teaching. Since I have my K-6 credential, I plan to teach other grade levels at some point. Eventually, I would like to get into advocacy work, and I have considered pursuing a law degree with a focus in education. 

If you could offer an incoming student advice, what would it be?

My advice for incoming students would be to make time for yourself and accept that there is always room for improvement. By giving yourself some grace and time to enjoy life, you are going to be a better student and teacher. 

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Amanda Gonzales
amanda@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4539

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