A primary-school teacher and 1-1 tutor. A writer in her spare time, she has completed two novels and is currently working on publishing her poems. Dreamer, advice giver, risk-taker & aspiring inspirational speaker.
Marina is based in London, UK.
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Based in London, UK, Marina is a primary school teacher with seven years’ worth of experience. In her current role, not only does she nurture the best capabilities of children, but manages other adults in the classroom, acts a subject coordinator for her colleagues and pushes for the highest standards in those under her care. The classroom environment, changeable and often unpredictable, requires great skill as an organiser and calls daily on reserves of patience, creativity and multi-tasking and of course…humour! Gaining much from seeing children progress and grow in confidence, she has also tutored extensively outside of work.
Able to offer a different perspective to the 10xMBA team, whose experience lies in the corporate world, she believes her take on the course content is important in keeping the material accessible to all and jargon free. So in her experience of the educational field, what does she believe an exceptional leader should possess?
‘As a natural leader myself, I respect someone strong, who makes decisions with transparency, who allows me the freedom to run my classroom, my way, while offering honest feedback, framed so that it encourages self-development. What’s important to me is that a leader is able to make sometimes radical decisions and thoroughly plans how to follow through – but isn’t afraid to rework an idea when they see it could be improved on.’
With a degree in political science, her plan was not to enter the educational field. Having toyed with the notion of becoming a civil servant, she took up work in sales while exploring her options. On beginning voluntary work at a local primary school, Marina realised she had a natural aptitude for teaching and pursued her new path with vigour.
Growing up, her nose was invariably stuck in a book. An avid reader, as a child, she recalls reading encyclopedias for fun, much to the surprise of her family, who often had to force her to put down her pen and paper and make some attempt to socialise. One of the best things about being a teacher is that the swathes of information (sometimes ‘useless’) she has acquired over the years can always be called upon. The daily battle tends to be not to overwhelm her young students with information overload, particularly risky in history and science.
Her job also allows her to teach creative writing, in her personal life, the outlet for her emotions. Marina is proud to have written two novels over seven years, a vast collection of poems, and more recently, speeches, which she plans to publish in the coming years.
Joining the 10xMBA team was a challenge for Marina, put to her by Sebastian, to gauge whether she would gain from writing non-fiction. Before she knew it, she found herself working on the content for the website and producing documents of all kinds. Thanks to the patience and consideration of her team members, Marina has found herself given a new lease of life, just as she has turned thirty, and is eager to continue the 10xMBA journey, raring to go on finalising the course content.