Stacy Marr teaches third grade at Tanque Verde Elementary. She has been teaching there for ten years, and she also did her student teaching at TVES.
Marr is a Tucson native who recalls loving the classroom when she was a third-grader. She says she was good in school and loved working with her classmates. Her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Leckie, had students write an autobiography. Marr wrote that she was going to be a teacher.
“This is really my passion. I love it,” Marr says of teaching. “I’m so thankful to be in the position that I’m in, to work with students.”
Marr spends most of her time away from school with her son, who is 11 months old. She enjoys arts and crafts and likes to read, and says Roald Dahl is one of her favorite authors.
Marr says she will be spending a lot of time in the swimming pool this summer. Her son is already signed up for swim lessons, she shares, to learn to turn over in the water. Marr was nominated by Brooke, who notes that her teacher makes sure that everyone is taken care before she thinks of herself. Brooke writes that Marr is great, and adds, “I love this teacher.”
Marr says she was very active when she was in school. She played the clarinet in band, danced, did baton twirling and played softball. In high school Marr swam and was part of the National Honor Society. Her love of math has stayed with her, since she now loves to teach it.
Marr says that she treasures the relationships that she gets to build with her students, and the sense of community they have.
“I definitely like this age—they’re independent enough, but they’re still innocent,” Marr says of her third-graders.
Marr says that she works to challenge herself and her students. She urges students to not be afraid to make mistakes.
“We always say, mistakes are proof that we are trying,” Marr explains. She says she learns from her students just as they learn from her.