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4th Grade

Mrs. Ruth Marsden


I love teaching fourth grade! It is an exciting and pivotal year for so many reasons. I grew up in Pacific Palisades and have lived in Malibu for over twenty years. I graduated from Pali Hi, SMC, and California State University Northridge, receiving a Bachelor'ʹs Degree in Art (after minoring in engineering). I received my teaching credential from CSUN as well and was immediately hired to teach fourth grade at Round Meadow Elementary School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District. I taught there for four years, teaching fourth grade and a fourth/fifth combination class. During that time, I received an Award of Merit, Employee of the Month

award, and was nominated for a WHO Award. I was granted a three-year maternity/childcare leave but opted to stay home and did not return to teaching professionally until 2007 when both of my children were in high school. During that time I taught Sunday School, led a Girl Scout Troop, served as a Den Mother for a CubScout Pack, and served as PTA Co-°©‐‑President of Parent Programs at Webster Elementary School. I received the PTA Continuing Service Award in 2002. I am a life long learner, and continued my education, earning supplemental authorizations to teach introductory art, introductory math, and introductory science in grades K-8. I returned to teaching in 2007 as a first-grade teacher at

Webster Elementary School in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Prior to joining the staff at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Parish School, I taught first grade, Reading Intervention for grades 3-5, and substituted for grades Pre-K -5 and Special Education in both SMMUSD and LVUSD. Teaching is one of the best jobs in the world. Each day, I have the opportunity to find a way to make a lasting difference in a child’s life, especially a child who is struggling in some way. I believe in providing children with a balanced and well-rounded education; inspiring children to achieve their personal best socially, emotionally, and academically;

and equipping them to succeed as responsible, thoughtful, and wise members of our society and the world.

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