Marlene B. Williamson began her career in District 1, as a Bilingual Special Education Assistant Teacher, completing her B.S. through the New York City Department of Education’s Career Ladder Program. Armed and licensed to teach K-12, as a Bilingual (Spanish) Special Educator,she was hired to teach in the nation’s largest GED program as the first Bilingual Resource Room Teacher. Her licenses and experiences have also facilitated working as an Articulation Coordinator for The Citywide Alternative Superintendent’s Office and a Guidance Coordinator at the school level. Marlene was a founding Coordinator for the four borough, multi-site, Eight Plus Program. After receiving two Master’s of Science degrees, one tailored to teaching high school students in correctional facilities, she completed an additional, extremely rewarding, student teaching internship at Riker’s Island. The other Master’s of Science, as a school building leader, allowed for her to be hired as a District Placement Administrator, working with families, many of whom were new to the country, the placement of students released from secure facilities, group homes, students in temporary housing and emancipated minors among other at-risk populations.She has a passion for teaching, connecting with parents to explain the relevance of education for themselves and their children and bringing S.T.E.M. resources to schools serving low income students.