Degrees and Certifications:
BA in Psychology and Communications MEd Elementary Education
Mrs. Marian Manning
Welcome to Mrs Manning's second grade class! I'm looking forward to another fantastic year as I am starting my fifteenth year teaching. I love working with children and I especially enjoy watching them grow and develop both academically and socially throughout the school year. I have a BA in Psychology and Communications as well as a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. I was born and raised outside of Boston, MA, but I have lived many places as an adult such as Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, and now Tucson for 10 years! We love the desert and the beauty all around us. I have been married for 21 years to my husband Hal, and we have two beautiful children, Alexander is a junior in high school and Victoria is a seventh grader!
My dad was a high school teacher and coach for 30 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From a young age, I was always trailing at his heels, whether he was coaching football or basketball fundamentals or teaching a life lesson to one of his players. I loved watching him "work" and raise and lift his students to both personal and team success. He instilled a work ethic, determination, and desire within his student athletes that was amazing to witness. He believed that all learning, whether in the classroom, on the court, or the field, took place through these three basic teaching fundamentals: explanation, demonstration, and participation. It sounds so simple, yet makes so much sense. I think of him often, and I remember with such fondness the special times I got to sit on the bench or venture up to the press box to watch a game with a bird's eye view. I loved watching him interact with his students because there was always a mutual respect present and an understanding of how much he cared for them. He truly inspired me to become the teacher that I am today. From a young age I knew I wanted to have those same experiences with my students too, when I became a teacher. I refer to his three basic teaching fundamentals as a reminder that all students can learn and grow, strive for greatness, and be successful in whatever they choose to do!
Core Educational Beliefs
I believe that all children will learn and grow in a loving, supportive, and nurturing classroom environment, which we establish together as a classroom community. Building personal relationships and trust with my students and families is of the utmost importance and is essential for students to take risks and stretch in their learning and thinking. I encourage all of my students to always strive to do their best and I love and support them in all of their accomplishments and struggles. Providing a safe and loving environment along with an open line of communication, students know they can talk to me about anything at anytime, and I will do my best to help them in their current situation. I may just have to lend an ear and be an active listener. I may have to help friends come to an agreement using kind and thoughtful words. Maybe no words are needed at all, just comfort with a hug and a tissue to wipe away tears. Within our four classroom walls, we will learn, laugh, maybe even cry, most certainly grow, share, and become the best versions of ourselves that we can be.
August 2016 - Present - Amphitheater Public Schools, Wilson K-8, Oro Valley, Arizona - 2nd and 3rd grade Teacher
August 2002 - May 2003 & August 2003 December 2003 - Sharyland Independent School District, Mission, Texas - 2nd Grade Gifted and Talented Teacher
February 1998 - May 2002 - Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Uvalde, Texas - 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade Teacher
September 1997 - December 1997 - Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, Massachusetts - 5th Grade Teacher
September 1994 - June 1997 - Lexington, Winchester, and Woburn Public Schools, Massachusetts - 1st - 6th Grade Teacher, Tutor,