My name is Marianna Mercer and I’m the 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at KCIA. I just graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas and so excited that I’ll spend my first full year of teaching in this incredible school! Prior to this job, my teaching experience has led me from South Korea, India, and Lawrence, Kansas, but I am very happy to be in Kansas City, now. My interest in English language learning and the value of diversity in the classroom and society led me to KCIA, where our unity is found in diversity. I hope to continue my education through a Master’s degree in Fine Arts or English as a Second Language to further my teaching ability, understanding, and further my students’ success. When I am not in my classroom, you will probably find me sitting on my front porch in Kansas City, enjoying the last of summer’s evening light and talking to my neighbors. When I’m not there, I’ll probably still be outside, playing soccer, writing poetry, reading, hiking, or camping. I’m really looking forward to this year and so thankful to be a part of the KCIA family!