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Jacqueline Marchesano

SPED Math Instructor

As boring as this is going to be, here’s a little about me, myself and I.

My name is Jacquelyn Marchesano and I’m a whopping 30 years old and a tiny 5’1”.  Originally, I’m from a little town in Pennsylvania just south of Scranton (all you “The Office” fans know exactly where) and had spent my last years in Pennsylvania living in Philadelphia/Allentown area where I went to college at Cedar Crest College.  While I can say that I really don’t miss the humidity and the general landscape, I can say that the most fun we have from where I’m from is sitting outside during thunderstorms and hurricanes.  Pennsylvania is beautiful when wet.

I have a very small immediate family that, quite frankly, I don’t get along with and legions of cousins that I love to pieces.  I also have a best friend that is still my best friend after 25 years of life together and an older sister that I both love and hate as only siblings can understand.

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to do something with math.  I found it fun and easy for me to complete while I struggled with most other subjects.  It wasn’t until I was in my senior year of High School that both my math teachers (I given up a study hall to take an extra math) sat me down and talked to me about what I wanted to do.  I didn’t have a clue, hence my interest in teaching my favorite subject was born…and I’m glad for it because I love being able to teach.

However, as much as I love to teach, even I get frustrated and burned out from the constant pressures and lack of breaks that, really, only other teachers can understand.  To try and avoid those feelings (again) I try to stay busy with other things that make me happy.  Baking and Skydiving happen to be my other two passions that I work in to help keep the teacher stress at bay.  There’s just something about pounding dough when frustrated or falling through clouds that’s mentally freeing from all the stresses of teaching.

I’ve been in Utah for eight years and have been in some form of education for seven of those.  Bouncing between a paraprofessional (7th-10th), supplemental math teacher (5th-9th), mainstream math teacher (7th-8th), substitute teaching (5th-12th) and finally being a special education math teacher (7th-10th).  I love interacting with all the students and I love talking and working with my co-workers; I feel like, being a teacher, is the best career to be able to learn about people, their cultures, their styles and the differences in interests.  And really, what teacher doesn’t like to learn.