Alexis Marsella

Alexis Marsella

Classroom Teacher, 3rd Grade

Professional Background

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Sports Administration. After college I was part of the virtual reality team at the University of Virginia Proffitt Perception Lab before deciding to become a teacher. I then graduated from George Washington University with a Masters in Elementary Education. I taught both 1st and 3rd grade at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington before coming to ATS. This is my 3rd year of teaching, and I am excited to begin my journey here at the Arlington Traditional School!

Personal Interests

I grew up in Rhode Island with my parents and older brother, Michael. I now live in the Arlington area and love exploring the places around me. When I am not outside, I love to read – I consider myself a HUGE book worm! I am also a big sports fan – go Yankees and Giants! Due to this love of sports, I am active in the coaching community. I coach field hockey and softball at Washington Liberty High School along with Girls on the Run at the elementary level.

Literary Connection

The book that introduced me to my love of reading was the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy is a kid that is deemed “troubled” by teachers and feels that he doesn’t fit in with his peers. He soon discovers his identity as a demigod and finds a community that feels like home. Throughout his journey Percy forms strong bonds with his friends and makes discoveries that help him uncover his true sense of self. The message of this book evolves every time I read it. As a kid it showed me that there was so much to the word outside of my small town and helped me understand that you can find great friends in unlikely places. As an adult I find that is shows that even if you feel like you don’t fit in, you’ll find those like you when the time is right. I hope if you give this book a chance you will also see that anyone can be a hero and can make a difference if they’re up to the task.


  • Mathematics - Grade 3
  • Reading - Grade 3
  • Science - Grade 3
  • Language Arts - Grade 3
  • Homeroom - Grade 3
  • Social Studies - Grade 3