About the Teacher:
Hi, My name is Marissa Koenigs ("k-nigs") and I will be teaching Elementary Special Education for the 2017-2018 school year! This will be my first year of teaching and I am excited to start my teaching career at Triton! I grew up in Stewartville Minnesota with my mom, dad and sister. However, my parents divorced during my Senior Year of high school and my mom has since found a significant other who I consider my step father. Growing up we always had pets. Over the years we have had cats, fish, snails and frogs. I recently moved from living with my mom, her boyfriend and my sister into my first apartment with my cat in Byron Minnesota. In my free time I enjoy running, scrapbooking, hiking and being with my family and friends.

My Education Journey:
I graduated from Stewartville High School in 2013. I continued my education at the University of Minnesota Duluth were I completed a degree in Integrated Elementary and Special Education. I graduated in May 2017. After completing my degree I received my Minnesota Teaching Licenses in both Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12. For my student teaching experience I moved back to Southern Minnesota to live in Stewartville with my family. I student taught 2nd grade at Pine Island Elementary School and Special Education and the Pine Island Middle and High School. After finishing my student teaching I ended the school year as a Special Education Paraprofessional for the Pine Island School District.

My Classroom Vision:
As an educator I strive to meet the needs of all my students. With that being said communication is key! My classroom will be a open and safe place for my students. While we work on reaching our IEP goals I plan to incorporate the interests and needs of my students to help encourage learning. In order to do so parent input and support will be needed. I am looking forward to a great year of learning and growing in my classroom with my students and their parents and families!