Marianne Tomasic is in her 21st year of teaching, she has a B.S. in Comprehensive Literature and Secondary Education and an M.S. in Communications and Journalism. She is also currently working on an M.S. in Literacy Education at Shenandoah University and an M.S. in Teaching Writing at John Hopkins University. She spent the first two thirds of her teaching career teaching English 9 honors, Print Journalism, Broadcast Journalism, Creative Writing, and Yearbook. She took a leave of absence to teach English as a Foreign Language in the United Arab Emirates and upon her return has been teaching Reading Intervention classes at Shepherdstown Middle School. She produced a documentary about Japan’s educational system as part of a Fulbright Teaching award and has helped write, film, edit, complete voice overs for local film projects. She won a state writing competition with a short story called “The Cold Room” and had a one-act play, “The Zypher Race” produced. She is a National Writing Project teacher consultant.