Welcome from Assistant Principal Maria!

Welcome Marcy Open Families and Students to the 2016-2017 School  Year!!


The 2016-2017 School Year marks my 5th year with Minneapolis Public Schools and my second full year at Marcy Open School. Prior to joining MPS, I was a 4th and 5th grade teacher with St. Louis Park Public Schools for 16 years. I taught at Susan Lindgren Elementary School, which started out as an intermediate school comprised of 4th through 6th graders and later became a K-5 elementary school. It was a wonderful learning and teaching opportunity as I grew as a teacher, as well as continuing to deepen my own knowledge of best practices as we moved from a traditional elementary school to an accredited International Baccalaureate/Primary Years Programme school. For the past ten years, I have also been a certified trainer of Responsive Classroom where I work with educators and administrators around the country aligning social emotional learning with academic learning. Upon joining MPS, I was an Instructional Leader and Turnaround Specialist who worked with High Priority and Focus Schools on implementing Professional Learning Communities as well as supporting schools around Student Engagement. I joined the Marcy Open staff in the spring of 2015 and I am thrilled to be part of this very tight knit, talented staff and community.

Education has always been a huge part of my life. My parents were both former educators who inspired my siblings and me to not only embrace the value of learning, but also in finding joy in learning. I was adopted from South Korea at the age of eight years old. I spoke two words in the English language: banana and necktie! My learning the English language, acclimating to and learning a new culture sucessfully could not have happened without the help and unfailing support of not only my family, but also one particular teacher: my third grade teacher, Mrs. Fisher. Despite the language barrier, Mrs. Fisher found ways to connect with me- whether it was over comparing our fingernail polish, a friendly, welcoming face every day, patience and diligence as she sat with me as I learned to read and write in English. There wasn't a day I didn't want to go to school, there wasn't a day I didn't want to spend time with "my Mrs. Fisher." The support I received from my family and Mrs. Fisher was critical as I entered third grade as an emergent English Language Learner and ended third grade as a fluent English Language Learner who developed a voracious appetite for reading, for learning, and a love of school. This was where I discovered I wanted to be teacher and I never waivered on this discovery!

I share this story because it shows the power of relationships and collaboration. The importance of relationships between teachers and students, between teachers and families is critical in determining the social and academic outcome of each and every individual student. Collaboration is defined as the process of two or more people or organizations working together to realize or achieve something successfully. I believe it is invaluable the impact we, as a collective team of families, staff, and students can have as we continue to enourage our students to thrive and grow. The power of relationships is critical in building a foundation of trust and understanding. I have a passion for bridging and addressing  the social emotional learning needs as well as the academic learning needs of all students in establishing a rich culture of learning. I am honored to be part of the Marcy Open leadership team in continuing our strive for excellence and continuous growth.

When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have five year old twin daughters who happily keep my husband and me on our toes! It has been an exciting time to watch them enter preschool this year and see them develop the love of school and learning. One of their favorite activities to do at home now is to play school! I want for our Marcy students what I want for my own children, to be learning- not only their academic standards, but learn how to be caring, peaceful, global citizens in a nurturing, loving environment with high expectations where mistakes are seen as opportunies and each child seen with unlimited potential.

I look forward to partnering with you this upcoming school year!


Assistant Principal

Marcy Open School