Expert in Experiential Learning
A lover of animals, books, gardening, and the arts, Marliese Colantuno comes from a service-oriented family with a holistic worldview, and was attuned from a tender age to the impact of global events on individuals. Spiritually inclined, innately curious, and an innovative thinker, she discovered her own pathway to making a meaningful contribution early on. Having changed schools frequently as a child, she acquired the habit of observing and analyzing each new system in which she found herself. She started noticing what was and wasn’t effective in education, and taking an active interest in how people learn. As fate would have it, the high school she attended operated a preschool on campus that also served as a laboratory setting for students studying Child Development. The delight she took in her senior year internship in a first grade classroom, along with enthusiastic endorsements from her mentors, solidified her commitment to embark on her journey as an educator. The mentorship she has been blessed to receive since then has had a profound and lasting impact on her practice.