Ms. Catriona (Cat) Marshall

English as a New Language Teacher

Cat Marshall started her career as an after-school teaching assistant, teaching math to struggling students in the Bronx and Washington Heights. It was there that she fell in love with teaching. After being accepted as a NYC Teaching Fellow in 2006, she began to work with English Language Learners at MS 44. Since then, she has worked with young adolescents from all over the world, including Bosnia, Turkey, Yemen, China, Korea, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Senegal and others. She has always loved the rich, cultural experiences her students bring to the classroom and has found that she has nearly as much to learn from her students as they have to learn from her. Ms. Marshall received her B.A. in Art and Art History from Oberlin College. In her Junior year, she studied and created art in London at Goldsmith’s college. After having an experience as an administrative assistant at an organization which brought arts into schools with limited funding, she grew to realize a new interest in working with children, and she decided to pursue teaching. She received her Master’s in Science in TESOL from City College and has been teaching ever since. Ms. Marshall is very much excited to be a founding teacher at School in the Square with an extended family of teachers, staff and students. She hopes to contribute to S2’s founding principles of community, academic excellence and emotional intelligence that will give School in the Square students the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly complicated world.