Marnie draws upon 25 years of classroom teaching and education project management to customize and execute viable, sustainable solutions for individual schools, districts and organizations.
Marnie has been working with students, teachers and administrators in Hawai’i since 1999. She taught English at Lanai High and Elementary School, and created an integrated World History and English course at Seabury Hall, a “Blue Ribbon” College Preparatory School on Maui. In 2007, she joined the English Faculty at the University of Hawaii Maui College. During her eight years at UHMC, she coordinated literacy-based interdisciplinary projects for teachers and students and directed the college’s Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program. From 2011-2015, Marnie served as the Maui Director and State Director of the Hawai’i Writing Project. As HWP Director, she developed and implemented two strategic, scalable professional development models to improve Common Core aligned literacy instruction, and better serve the needs of students throughout the state. In 2014, Marnie was recognized as one of the University of Hawaii Community College system’s “50 Finest in Fifty Years” for her contributions to literacy and project-based education. As Executive Director of The Creative Core, she works with administrators and teacher leaders to develop highly customized school improvement plans. She and her Creative Core Team provide PBL and literacy-focused professional development and mentorship to schools, districts and educational organizations throughout Hawai’i.
In 1997, she partnered with Will Fowler and Tony Harris to create the groundbreaking Communications/Media Academy at San Marin High School in Novato, California. She was awarded the Golden Bell for Excellence in Education for her contribution to education innovation. In 1998, she received a fellowship from the Buck Institute, to design and share project-based, “college-and-career-ready” curriculum for secondary students. She served on the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, and helped high-tech companies Autodesk and Broderbund develop educational internship programs and “21st Century Skills” workshops for teachers.
She holds a BA in English from UCLA, a post-baccalaureate in Education--Secondary English, and Master of Arts in English from UC Irvine.