Phone: (803) 438-8018
Degrees and Certifications:
University of New Mexico: Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Science Webster University: Master's of Educational Technology with a Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning
My name is Mrs. Marken and I am excited to be teaching third grade at Wateree Elementary this year. This will be my eighth year teaching. Prior to joining the Wateree team I earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Science (2003) from the University of New Mexico. I then taught kindergarten and fifth grades in a small town in Missouri for a couple of years. While there, I also learned how to round up the cows, drive a tractor, and bring in the hay. Next, I moved to Columbia, SC to teach third and fourth grades at Windsor Elementary. While at Windsor I had the opportunity to teach in ITEC (Integrated Technology Education Classrooms) where technology was used as a tool for both teaching and interactive learning every day. In addition to teaching my students, I enjoyed duties as a Tech Mentor for other teachers throughout Richland School District 2. Finally, I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology with a certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from Webster University (2015) while being a stay-at-home-mom. Now that I am at Wateree Elementary I’m excited to use all of these experiences to make learning in our third grade class fun, interactive, and generally fantastic!
When I am not teaching, I am busy being a wife to Mr. Marken and a mom to two very high-energy, precocious girls: Sierra and Rylie. In our free time we love to watch movies, play board games, read stories together, go to the zoo, go hiking, play with our dogs, and explore the world around us. With this crew life is always active and full of new experiences.
As we begin a new school year, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. I can’t wait to work together to make our school year fun, exciting, and successful!