Marion Peterson

Teacher/Mentor

Marion was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and attended college at the University of San Francisco on a basketball scholarship.  She received her BA in English / Philosophy and moved back to L.A. to start a part-time job as a middle school teacher and begin law school.  However, after 1 semester in the classroom with students she fell in love with teaching, left law school after 1 year, and became a full-time English teacher and basketball coach in high school.  She went to grad school for an M.A. in English at California State University, Los Angeles while moving into high school administration – but never leaving the classroom, her true love.

As a high school teacher she taught all levels of writing and literature including honors and Advanced Placement Literature and English Language.  Half-way through with a doctorate in Educational Management, Marion accepted an offer to be the founding Head of School for a private high school in the San Francisco area and moved to northern California for 11 years to do that.  Loving the challenge of creating curriculum and an environment for students and teacher filled with love and passion, she chose that over completing her doctorate – and never regretted a single moment!  She never left the classroom during her tenure as head and also never left the basketball court.  As she puts it, students are ‘her passion”.

In 2008, she moved to Texas and began teaching Composition and literature to freshmen and sophomores in college at North Lake College, Irving, Texas, and also taught high school students in dual-credit classes.  While there she found Fusion Academy, Dallas, and gave up college teaching to work full-time at Fusion because, as she puts it, she found exactly the atmosphere she always wanted to find – one of love, passion for students, colleagues who really care about students and each other, and an administration that creates a positive culture for all.

Even after teaching for 40 years, specializing in critical thinking, literary analysis, writing, and interdisciplinary assignments, she sees every student as a real person who deserves love and encouragement.  Outside of the classroom, Marion loves to kayak, hike, play Laser Tag with the students and play video games with her nephew.

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