Marsha F. Appling-Nunez Educator. Leader. Bold Innovator.


Equipping life-long learners with the necessary tools to advance professionally, personally and academically involves communication and multiple opportunities to autonomously experience success. In particular, I am interested in furthering the intellectual capacity of all learners by encouraging critical thinking, self-awareness, and autonomy infused with the cultural nuances of the region. I approach every situation with a combination of open mindedness and careful analysis of learner autonomy.

Educational Philosophy

While my title is Teacher, I see myself as a facilitator with an enthusiastic heart for instruction and learning within a program. One strength I possess as an educator is that I strive to support students’ both academically and socially by bringing my expertise, experience, and passion for teaching in the classroom.

Community Heroes Today Global citizens tomorrow

2016-2017 Student-led Cereal Drive where they collected nearly 30 boxes of cereal in 30 days for a local food pantry.

Ms. Appling-Nunez explains the importance of student participation in community service. Bills for Drills was one project to aid in the purchase of a drill to assist Sudanese in obtaining clean drinking water.

relevant. Real world. hands on. learning.

I believe learning needs to be multi-sensory, meaningful and authentic.

Using Backward Design in lesson plan development aids me in focusing on end goals by aligning assessment criteria, activities, instruction, competencies, and lesson outcomes that are directly related to the course learning outcomes and program learning outcomes. (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005).

In Social Studies essential questions form the core of inquiry-based learning on students' path to becoming critical thinkers.

I embrace students where they are and foster the potential they possess.

Student learning is assessed with specific rubrics at each step of inquiry.

"If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there."

-Lewis Carroll

Collaboration and team work are encouraged to move everyone forward.

Manipulatives are utilised to bridge the past with the present and bring history to life. Here students are discussing strategies for building a pagoda with their peers.

Cooperative learning opportunities throughout the day encourage a student-centered community. It is in that community that students can challenge one another's thinking while reflecting and expanding on their own learning.

Working with students and their clay models while informally assessing their knowledge on their Chinese Artifact.
I desire to shape global citizens and see education as a way to tap into the unlimited human potential which is why I elected teaching as a vocation.
While studying the Middle East Qatari and American middle school students engaged in online chats sharing and discussing everything from what school is like to culture, tradition, and food.

International Experience

"In the classroom, she exudes a love of learning which is received and respected by her students. Having had the opportunity to observe Marsha in the classroom, I can testify that she consistently provides a student-centered learning environment. I was further impressed to witness how she effortlessly encouraged autonomy within the course parameters."

-Tiffany Tillman, Lecturer/Facilitator Qatar University

Between 2013-2016, I served as a Lecturer at Qatar University. Incorporating the latest best practices, Common European Framework while staying abreast of WIDA English Language Standards for teaching English Language Learners.

2016 Qatar University Foundation English Students
Developing English skills through cultural exchanges

While teaching overseas, I was able to explore and promote learner autonomy amongst my students. And learned the importance of collaborating and relationship building to foster a symbiotic learning environment.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Life-Long Learner

  • Cleveland State University, Bachelor's of Arts
  • Cleveland State University, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, TESOL
  • ETS Praxis, Ohio PLT 5-9 & 7-12
  • ETS Praxis, Ohio Middle School Mathematics, Social Studies and ESOL
  • Leadership and Development, National TESOL 2012
  • ETS GACE, Georgia Educator & Ethics Certificate
  • BOLD Summit Leadership Conference 2017
7th Gr World Cultures
" Marsha exudes a passion for teaching the whole student through the use of innovative techniques in her classroom. She develops long- lasting relationships with all students to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for academic, social and emotional growth."

-Kimberly Campbell, Lead Teacher Middle Division, The Swift School

"...attentive to different learning styles and is creative in methodology and materials as evident in classroom activities and supplemental materials that she brings."

-Michele S. Bowman, PhD, Director of The Intensive English Language Program

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