George Lucas Educational Foundation

Marissa King

5th grade teacher at Tulsa Public Schools

Marissa King is a 5th grade teacher at Tulsa Public Schools. Whether she's working with kindergartners or college students, you can count on a dogged commitment to brimming cups of coffee, writing across the curriculum, the topknot bun, and the power of a Do Now to start the day. Marissa relies on her students for emoji translation and sneaker street cred. Her pedagogy is rooted in the core belief that regardless of grade level, content area, race, or socioeconomic status, every student deserves an excellent education.

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  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Stories Help Build a Strong Classroom Culture

    Sharing narratives of real-life heroes is a simple and relatable way to teach social and emotional skills.
  • Teacher Development

    6 Summer Reads for Teachers

    Six engaging books to inspire big-picture thinking on a range of topics from school culture to classroom instruction.
  • New Teachers

    Getting Your To-Do List Under Control

    Building routines around recurring tasks can help new teachers save effort and focus on what really matters.
  • Character Education

    Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

    Activities that foster gratefulness have benefits for students beyond enhancing their social and emotional skills.
  • Social Media

    Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

    Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.
  • Teacher Development

    How the Digital Age Is Affecting Students

    Five books that give insight into how social media and technology are shaping today’s students and their learning.
  • Literacy

    Social Media Posts as Exemplars

    Text messages and Instagram captions can be valuable samples for teaching tone, writing conventions, and levels of formality.