My name is Marissa Ryan. I was born and raised by my parents in San Francisco, CA with my older sister. Growing up I was involved in Musical Theatre productions, dance classes and recitals, and many sports. I received a BA in Child Development and minored in Special Education at California State University, Chico After college I moved back to San Francisco and began working as a full time teacher at Bright Horizons pre-school!
As a babysitter/nanny I mostly worked for three families consistently starting in 2013. One family had two children ages 3-7 years old, one with special needs. Another family had 3 children, ages 3 - 12. The last family also have 3 children ages 2 - 13. For these family I would help with a large variety of tasks including basic routines and needs, homework, physical training for soccer, driving to activities, household needs such as laundry, food shopping, and cooking, and extended stays during family vacations. As a para-educator I worked with ages 2 - 22 year olds with a variety of special needs. My responsibilities included curriculum planning, behavior intervention and tracking, attending to daily needs such as feeding and changing diapers, training in medical needs such as diastat, epipens, and feeding tubes. I am also CPR certified.
As a pre-school teacher I have worked with ages 2-5. My responsibilities include curriculum planning, weekly news letters for parents, communication with parents, teacher and curriculum meetings, team meetings with co-teachers, and trainings. I utilized my 3 years of ASL for all of these jobs.
My teaching style is reflective of the Montessori Method, as I feel it allows for an innovative and equitable environment. Every child learns and develops at their own pace. I truly believe that allowing students to lead their growth by developing their own interests will significantly allow them to embrace their desire to learn.
Through out my whole life I have always been very people oriented and knew that my passion was to help others in need. I found that being around young minds always brightened my day and put a smile on my face.