Ms. Marziali has 20 years teaching experience and has taught at Naples Elementary School since 2004. Prior to joining DoDEA schools, Ms. Marziali taught second grade at Huron Elementary School, Huron, Calif.; Kindergarten at Lemoore Elementary School District, Lemoore, Calif.; Adult ESL, Learning Director, and Special Programs Administrator at Laton Unified School District in Laton, Calif.; and Special Programs Administrator at Kings County Office of Education Hanford, Calif. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She received her teaching credential from Chapman University and went on to earn her master's Degree in Educational Administration from Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, Calif.

Ms. Marziali shares how each year as a teacher, she has the privilege of witnessing an annual transformation; that of her students. She prepares a very special diet for them to feast on; one containing standards-based instruction, problem-solving skills, and on-going assessments, like the DRA, that inform her instruction. As one parent shares, "Remarkably, Ms. Marziali is able to tailor the academic growth of each student so that his/her personal journey is optimized. Tell her that you are going to Florence and she'll hand you directions for a scavenger hunt in which your child finds the hidden Michelangelo self-portrait in the city's main piazza. Then when your child brings the photo to school for 'show and tell', she will post it in the classroom."

2008 winner, Cathleen Marziali
Cathleen Marziali Kindergarten Teacher
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