Academic Dean of Teaching and Learning, Science
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MA, Concordia University Chicago
Marisa German is an accomplished STEM educator with over a decade of chemistry teaching experience in independent, public, and university settings. With a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Arts Degree in Differentiated Instruction from Concordia University Chicago, she brings her experience and enthusiasm for instructional design, technology, and accessible and engaging classroom experiences for students with learning differences to her role as Academic Dean at Wolcott College Prep.
In the past six years at Wolcott College Prep, she has created a comprehensive Chemistry, Chemistry Honors, and Advanced Chemistry Honors curriculum optimized for in-person, hybrid, and remote-learning environments. As the Science Department Lead Teacher, her work focused on aligning the department-wide STEM curriculum, establishing equitable grading practices, and implementing differentiated instructional approaches for students. She also has experience working in EdTech–as a Digedu (now Modern Teacher) Fellow, she developed a year-long, blended learning curriculum, replete with Chemistry lesson plans and assessments used on mobile devices in over 500 classrooms across the country. She was selected by the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and the Illinois Chemical Education Foundation as the 2021 Davidson Award Winner, awarded annually to one exceptional Chemistry teacher in Illinois for innovative teaching practices and effectiveness. She is also National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Maitland P. Simmons Award winner.
When she isn’t in the classroom, she spends her time towing her two kids around in the bike trailer, experimenting with new recipes (baking is chemistry), and listening to her favorite celebrity gossip podcasts.