Marianne Novak-Houston is a facilitator and consultant in the International Courage to Teach Program, allied with the Center for Teacher Formation in Seattle, Washington. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Mrs. Novak-Houston retired from the classroom after nearly 40 years, and now facilitates a series of retreats called "Courage to Teach" for educators at all levels. In love with teaching from her earliest days it remains the heart of her work. She states, "The best teacher is led by her students. She is a keen listener as well as a highly educated mentor. She allows her students"-including student teachers and administrators, as in Mrs. Novak-Houston's current position-"to shape many critical instructional decisions, while maintaining a focused intentionality. Never has public education been more important, and great respect and care must be afforded all who are involved in it."
Webster University, B.A.