Marissa Moore

Marissa Moore

Education Programs Coordinator


Roadtrip Nation

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I loved art from a very young age but didn't take an art class until I was 17.
I didn't plan to go to college, but I was inspired by my art teacher to work in Education.
I went to community college for 4 years. I was the first person in my family to go to college.
I transferred to CSU Fullerton, where I spent 5 more years & also worked full time at Disneyland.
I went through some personal & financial struggles that led me to take a year off from school.
During that time, I thought about what I liked to do. Answer: I loved being creative & helpful.
In my year off I gained work experience and traveled. I left myself open to new possibilities.
I focused my major & graduated in Visual Arts, then looked for a job to help people and be creative.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Western High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Transfered to University
Cypress College
undergrad
Bachelor
Art/Art Studies, General
California State University, Fullerton
Career

Career

Education Programs Coordinator

I help Educators implement the Roadtrip Nation Curriculum in their classrooms

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Art
Art
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I'm beyond fortunate to have ended up working for Roadtrip Nation! On any given day, you can find me assisting the teachers who use our curriculum in their schools. I get to be the problem-solver and the friendly face teachers encounter when they need help or have any questions about our products. I get to be creative in my thinking and in executing what's asked of me. Central to that is the ability to know that I'm helping teachers change the lives of their students, all while being myself!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Knowing how to navigate conversation and problem solve in a courteous and effective manner are important. Any background in education is very useful, but is not exactly necessary.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

- In high school, understand that there are so many paths to get to where you want to go. Most education jobs require some amount of college - level education. If you are unsure about exactly what to do but have an interest in the education field, I'd recommend exploring options in community college. - Major in your passion; education jobs don't usually require Education degrees, but rather credentials (which are obtained separately from your degree) - Remember: college is not a race!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Transfered to University
undergrad
Bachelor
Art/Art Studies, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

""College is expensive. You should know exactly what you want to do before you go." "Education is a field for those who didn't make it elsewhere." "An Art degree is useless. It won't make you any money and there are no jobs.""

I was in college for nearly 10 years. In that time I faced many challenges that ended up guiding me back, time and again, to my passions. I heard all kinds of Noise from everywhere, even from within myself. But I knew that if I took a "safer" and more streamlined road, I wouldn't get to where I wanted to go. It was tough, and I had doubts, but in the end I got an amazing job that lets me help others figure out all the things I struggled with. Be open to what comes your way, but stay you!

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I got divorced at a young age, which left me struggling financially for years afterward. I worked full time while in college, which was hard. I used to imagine myself holding my degree. It was a tiny moment, but I knew I wanted it more than anything.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

No one in my family knew anything about college. I paid my way through community college, working part time. That job turned into a full time job, which I worked while at a University. I got a mentor in one my professors, who helped me immensely.