Marsha Arons is an Illinois Master Teacher and the winner of the 2010 ATT Educator of the Year Award. She was a frequent contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and the author of Teen Miracles as well as many essays and stories in both national and international publications. Her recent articles include “Knowing When to Shut Up: A Guide for Creating Collaborative Learning Environments” (National Council of Teachers of English Journal) and “Poetry as Template: Using Memoir to Create Safe Spaces” (Illinois Council of Teachers of English Journal). Because of her background as a writer, Mrs. Arons developed the memoir writing curriculum at the Academy that is the impetus for many of the works published in the school’s award-winning literary magazine, Charlotte’s Web, which she advises. The proud parent of four ICJA alumnae, she began at the Academy in 2001.
What keeps her inspired? Selflessness, kindness and nature.