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Sayre always wanted to be a teacher

By David Hotle | Jan 04, 2013
Marissa Sayre

Marissa Sayre said that reading was always an interest of hers. As school began this term, she had her first job as a Title 1 reading and math teacher for the Washington School District.

Growing up in Burlington, Sayre graduated from Burlington High School in 2007. She moved on to the University of Northern Iowa, where she graduated in December 2011 with a degree in reading and elementary- and middle-level education.

What brings you to Washington?
Josh Riffel (program director at the Washington Community Y) is my boyfriend. He moved here two years ago. I applied around the area and I got the job.

Since you have been in Washington, what do you think?
I like it a lot. It is a really close community and it is clean and people are very welcoming. I also work at New Attitude and I teach a fitness class at the Y, so I am really getting to know a lot of people.

What is your favorite thing about Washington?
Probably Mi Pueblo. I love that place.

Why did you decide to become a reading teacher?
Reading was my favorite subject in school and both of my parents are teachers. They really like their jobs and never complained about it. I always played teacher growing up, so it has always been my aspiration.

Tell me something about being a reading teacher that most people wouldn’t know.
It’s very busy because you are jumping from one thing to the next  - different age kids with different skills. All day long it is changing. Every half hour it is a new thing.

What are some of your hobbies?
I always have my nose in a book. I like to cook. I go to the Y a lot to work out or teach a fitness class. I like reading romance novels. I like Nicholas Sparks. He is a big romantic. He is newer. I like “The Awakening” by Kate Choppin. It is about a hopeless romantic.

What are your plans for the future?
With a family and still teaching, but married with kids.

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