Marissa Ring is the Managing Director of Teach For America’s Midwest Recruitment and Admissions Team. She leads a team of 36 staff members to recruit corps members who commit to teach for two years in low-income communities and go on to lead lives of impact and advocacy. She has previously held roles with City Year Columbus, managing a team of corps members at Linden McKinley STEM Academy, and with Teach For America’s Human Assets Team, leading staffing and hiring for eight TFA regions.
As a Teach For America corps member, Marissa taught secondary English in Compton and downtown Los Angeles. She created a culturally relevant, rigorous curriculum that was applicable to the lives of her students and fostered significant academic progress. She has maintained a strong relationship with her school community by returning to Los Angeles to teach remedial English classes for students in summer school. While in the corps, she earned a master’s degree in Education Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She was named Urban Researcher of the Year for her research on increasing graduation rates for students who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
Marissa received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, where she majored in English and minored in Sociology and African and African-American Studies. She grew up in Appalachian Ohio, in a small town on the West Virginia border. She currently lives in Clintonville with her partner Spencer and her dog Diego.