Marisa Lark Wallin is a New York State Certified Teacher. She has been working with young children since she assisted in her neighbor's home daycare after school at age 11. Between 2004 and 2017 she held many roles (assistant teacher, summer camp director, and after school director) at the well-regarded Maple Street School in Brooklyn, NY.
She is passionately dedicated to assuring quality early childhood education experiences to the teachers, children and families she works with. She subscribes to a progressive education philosophy--based in traditions coming from Bank Street, Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf. She firmly believes in the power of education as a tool for social justice, even with our youngest of learners.
In Spring of 2015 she received a Tow Travel Fellowship to participate in a pilot student exchange between the Brooklyn College Early Childhood and Art Education Department and the Early Childhood Education Program at Jönköping University in Sweden.
She received her Master's Degree of Science in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College in 2017.
Her writing about outdoor pretend play was recently published in the Fall 2018 issue of Child Care Exchange Magazine.
She recently co-facilitated a workshop for early childhood educators, “Free Your Art (And the Rest Will Follow)” about the liberatory practice of art-making at the 2018 Little Chairs Big Differences conference.
Little Chairs Big Differences
She is a proud member of the planning committee for the Little Chairs Big Differences Early Childhood Diversity Conference, providing events involved in raising awareness and challenging perceptions and accepted norms for the youngest learners and those who work with them--celebrating and going deeper into the work of Early Childhood Education, broadening our understanding, and being more action-oriented toward creating a more just society and world.
As an educational consultant, Marisa has worked with DK Publishing on a number of children's board books, assuring that their contents are developmentally appropriate, inclusive and accessible to diverse audiences. She has worked as an editorial assistant and writer for Scholastic Publishing's early childhood Rookie Toddler Board Books and classroom magazines, "Let's Find Out" and "My Big World." She also consults on and contributes to other Scholastic early childhood publications.
Additionally, Marisa helps create and write curriculum for Sparkler, an interactive app that encourages parents and caregivers of young children to "unplug, connect, and play with purpose."
Marisa is currently script coordinator/associate producer and writer at 100 Chickens Productions, an early childhood children's media production company in Brooklyn, NY.
In addition to working in education, Marisa is an artist, writer and performer in New York City and finds her passions for art and education feed each other. Children are the most creative people in the world!