Sabrina D. Marsh
What is your role with The Center and what are you most excited about?
I am The Center’s newly appointed Director of Statewide Family Engagement Center. After working as a school leader in a community with a large ELL population, I am most excited about improving opportunities for districts and schools to have meaningful engagement with our diverse families in Louisiana.
What is your background?
I am certified to teach PK-8th grade. I also hold certification as a school leader, district supervisor, and superintendent. I am a native of Savannah, GA. I earned a B.A. from Dillard University and an M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans. I completed the Executive Leadership Program at The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. I have 30 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, principal, district, and state supervisor. My experiences as a primary grades teacher in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the early 1990s opened my eyes to the disparities in public education. I am committed to ensuring all children have access to high-quality instruction in a safe, supportive, and inclusive school environment.
What is your favorite childhood book or literacy memory?
My favorite childhood book is Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. To this day, my nickname is “Sam,” after the story’s main character. I loved rhyming patterns, and according to my mommy, I could recite the book by memory by the time I turned four years old.
Flashback to when you were ten years old; what did you want to be when you grew up?
At ten years old, I just wanted to read. I wanted a job reading books and sharing how I felt about them. I started college as a pharmacy major and suddenly discovered that I enjoyed my work study more than my actual course of study, lol.
My college work-study was in the University’s Reading and Writing Lab. There I supported students who struggled with reading comprehension due to issues like dyslexia.
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
I could be anywhere with my mom. She’s my number one travel buddy, a former Social Studies teacher, and a history buff, so she makes the shortest trip seem spectacular with all the details and stories she remembers.
What passion projects do you have outside of work?
I am an avid crafter. If you’re able to envision it, then I can create it. I make tumblers, wreaths, clothing, upcycle furniture, you name it!