Degrees and Certifications:
M. Ed. Curriculum & Instruction PK-6, George Mason University B.S. Business Administration - Marketing, Longwood University ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Follow us on Twitter Class: @msturmansclass Teacher: @marniereads
Ms. Marnie Turman
I am happy to be teaching at Potowmack Elementary. It is an honor to be part of such a wonderful learning community. I earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. This year is my 10th year teaching. I have taught second, fourth and fifth grades.
I did not start out to be a teacher, although my mom told me often that I would enjoy it. (She was right!) I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Longwood University and was a Marketing Product Manager for IT government contractors before switching careers. My time in the IT sector, gave me a love of gadgets, technology and the Internet. I also learned how important it was to be a life-long learner and reader. I am thankful that I took a chance and made the switch to teaching. It has been a pleasure to work with students and see them grow and develop the skills they need to be a life-long learner.
I am an avid reader and learner and I strive to create a classroom environment where students are encouraged to be independent life-long learners. I believe that if you can read, you can learn anything. In second grade, students transition from decoding to comprehension. I believe it is important for students to have choice in book selection during this transition and learn to read a variety of books. When a student is excited about a topic, series or subject, I will find a book to feed that excitement. One of my favorite things to do is to talk about books and learning with students.
I grew up on a cattle farm near Sperryville, Virginia. Our farm is in the mountains and borders the Shenandoah National Park. I love to share stories form the ranch and farm dog, Bell. When not teaching, I volunteer at my church, teaching 2-year-olds and playing saxophone in the orchestra. I serve as State Co-Chair of the Community Classroom Committee, Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteer on many other DAR committees on the local and national levels. I carve out as much time as possible for reading and writing.
It is a pleasure to work with the children in our community and play a role in their development.