MARIANNE MALMSTROM SELECTED AS NAIS
“TEACHER OF THE FUTURE” Marianne Malmstrom, technology teacher and faculty member at EMS since 1991, was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of its inaugural Teachers of the Future Program. The NAIS Teachers of the Future were selected from a large pool of nominees who inspire academic excellence in students and who serve as opinion leaders among their colleagues and peers. The Teachers of the Future were also chosen for their expertise in particular areas – environmentalism, globalism, technology, and equity and justice – which NAIS believes are hallmarks of a high-quality education for the 21st Century. As one of only 25 teachers nationwide chosen for the program, Marianne will lead an online discussion forum designed to share innovative ideas and teaching techniques, from which she will create a demonstration video to inspire others. Marianne has thirty plus years of experience as both a teacher and administrator. Her passion is working with students and keeping education relevant in a rapidly changing world. As a technology integrator for the Elisabeth Morrow School, Marianne follows trends in how students use technology in their everyday lives. With this information, she then draws on her extensive teaching experience to create new learning environments designed to develop essential 21st century skills and literacies. She has worked with
colleagues to develop a school multimedia program that has received two awards of excellence from WLIW’s Celebration of Teaching & Learning. Her current work is focused on using virtual worlds and MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games) to foster healthy norms in online communities, while giving students opportunities to collaborate and solve problems in highly creative spaces (see article on page 35). In 2010, Marianne was recognized by the New Jersey State Legislature for excellence as a leader in education and honored for her eight years of service as a trustee for the Vincent K. Tibbs Child Develpment Center. As a volunteer for ISTE (International Society of Technology Education), Marianne has organized and led several online projects including two international festivals to celebrate the emerging art of machinima (video created using 3D virtual worlds). She has presented at numerous professional conferences and maintains a website to document her work.
Winter 2012. A Publication of The Elisabeth Morrow School