I am excited! Excited about teaching!
Current classes: Composition (English 100, 1A, 1AHonors, 1B, 2, 2Honors) and Creative Writing (English 12A, 14A).
Past Classes: English for the Digital Bridge Academy, learning communities (US Women’s History and English 1A; History, Geology and Literature of Point Lobos and Big Sur), Gay and Lesbian literature.
Approach: Students take center stage; based on the latest research on the neuroscience of learning, classes are interactive and hands-on. We go outside, we teach each other, we ask hard questions with no right answer.
Themes: History, literature, anthropology and ecology of the Monterey Bay (English 1A, 1AH and English 100); neuroscience of learning, cetacean, primate, and elephant cognition (English 2, 2H), the creative process (English 1B, 12A and 14A).
Activities: Hikes through the Forest of Nisene Marks or Point Lobos; whale watch trips; visits to the National Steinbeck Center and the SC Natural History Museum; eavesdropping fieldtrips (for fiction writing); re-enactments of scenes in a novel or the internment of the Japanese during World War II, walking debates, presentations, public fiction readings.
Types of paper assignments: Nominate a scientist for a Nobel Prize (English 2) or a local change agent for the English 1A Humanitarian Award (English 1A), write an environmental impact report (English 1A), tell the one story you are not supposed to tell (English 12A and 14A).
Awards: 2009-2010 Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, a statewide recognition of my teaching, contributions to Cabrillo and work with faculty across California. 2016 Floyd Younger Award for Excellence in Teaching, Cabrillo's highest honor for faculty.
Excited about Student Learning Outcomes
I get fired up helping other faculty work with this approach to looking at student learning.
At Cabrillo: Student Learning Outcomes Coordinator, 2002-2007 and at present; director of the Summer Student Learner Outcomes workshops (1999-2002).
Excited about Guided Pathways
Excited about the Basic Skills Initiative
I am stirred by a deep desire to serve students with basic skills needs.
A program coordinator for the Basic Skills Initiative (2008); co-edited and wrote portions of the Basic Skills Handbook.
Excited about Creative Writing
I write stories and poems about listening to the natural world and finding how to live with the wisdom it reveals.
Excited About Having Fun
Photo by Debra Houston
Marcy in the high Sierra
Outdoor enthusiast, avid hiker and backpacker: the east side of the Sierra and the backcountry of Yosemite are some of my favorite places to roam. Favorite local hikes: Nisene Marks and Garrapata State Parks, Point Lobos State Reserve, Manresa State Beach and Wilder Ranch.
Photo by Katherine Sloan
Marcy (in light blue) playing with baby gray whale. San Ignacio Lagoon, 2008
Gray whale lover: ecstatic participant on trips to Baja birthing lagoons to interact with mother and baby gray whales, Earthwatch Institute volunteer to research summer feeding habits of gray whales in British Columbia, intent whale watcher from a particular granite cliff at Point Lobos State Reserve.