When you enter Marissa McGee's classroom, the first thing you notice is her connection with her students. They're delighted by her enthusiasm, they pick up on her sarcasm, and they often double over with giggles when she makes a joke.
And this is kindergarten. So McGee's students — her audience — are 5-year-olds.
"They're easy to please," she says, laughing. "I'm not that funny. I wouldn't even consider myself funny at all."
This rapport is how Marissa McGee works to shape these kindergartners into thoughtful, educated adults.