Jessica Marsaw, Starfish Teacher

October 27, 2019

Jessica came to us with a bachelor of science in elementary education from Brigham Young University and a wealth of teaching experience. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she has lived in the Washington, DC metro area with her family for almost five years and they love it!

During her teaching career, Jessica has taught first grade in the public school systems in both Utah and Georgia. One school served children with diverse needs and the other was a top-performing Atlanta area school. She’s had students all across the spectrum of learning from those with IEPs or students learning English as a second language to referring students for gifted and talented programs. She also was a music educator for ten years and taught private piano lessons for children ages four through high school.

Teachers aren’t supposed to have favorites, but preschoolers are truly one of Jessica’s favorites.   She says, “I love the sweetness of this age and their eagerness for learning.  I also love that we get to learn together using all our senses; in preschool we taste, we smell, we listen, we observe, we touch things.  We engage the parts of our brain that learn through art, math, movement, and language.  We get to do it all!”

Jessica and her husband have been married for 17 years, and they have four daughters – two teenagers in high school and middle school and two young girls in elementary school. They also have a rescue beagle named Chase.

In her spare time, Jessica plays the piano, sings in a regional choir, and enjoys photography. Her favorite children’s books include The Little House, Blueberries for Sal, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Alice the Fairy, and the entire Mo Willems catalog.