Q & A with Marissa Logue
Q: What motivated you to become an educator?
A: My motivation to become an educator started at Canandaigua Academy. I was lucky to have had such an amazing experience while I was at the Academy, with many wonderful teachers. One teacher in particular, Mr. Richardson, really pushed me to be a leader. He was supportive and helped me branch out and become actively involved with student leadership at the local and state level. This connection led to many great experiences and opportunities, which I wanted to recreate for my own students as an educator.
Q: What experiences do you bring that will help you transition to your new role?
A: My path back home afforded me many experiences that will help me as I transition into this leadership role. I started out my career as a math teacher- I taught many levels from Algebra I all the way up to upper-level IB math courses. I got my first administrative job in South Florida as an Assistant Principal at a school of 2800 students. I was able to learn testing, management, and leadership in this role. My path led me to Massachusetts where I became an Associate Principal. In this role, I worked with curriculum, data, professional development, and school improvement plans. Finally, at Rush-Henrietta, I have been able to work in a diverse community to help create access to education for all students and focus on equity and restorative practices. All of these experiences have given me a solid foundation to take on the role of Principal at Canandaigua Academy and lead the students and staff as we continue to move forward.
Q: What memories do you have of your time as a student at Canandaigua Academy?
A: I have many great memories from my time as a student at Canandaigua Academy. First of all, the traditions at Canandaigua; the homecoming parade, the pep rally (we did a lip sync to 70s music), the many dances, and many sporting and music events! I also learned how to be a bank teller with Canandaigua National Bank right there in the High School! This gave me great experience in banking and also an amazing summer job. I also had many great leadership opportunities at Canandaigua; president of the National Honor Society and Student Government.
Q: What does student success look like for you?
A: Student success is not a one size fits all. Every student's success will look different. That is why it is important to build relationships and really get to know our students. This will allow us to learn what they love, learn about what makes them excited, and help them to create a path that will allow them to grow and be successful beyond high school.
Q: Do you have a particular leadership philosophy that guides you as a principal? If so, what is it?
A: I think of myself as an authentic leader. I am real and genuine. I try to build positivity in the people and places that I work. I know that I cannot do this work on my own, I look towards building a team of people, utilizing their strengths while helping them to grow as well. I am going to be visible and approachable, allowing myself to build trusting relationships.
Q: What are you looking forward to about working at Canandaigua Academy?
A: I am most looking forward to coming back to my roots, my alma mater and getting the opportunity to lead the students and staff. I can’t wait to be a part of the traditions and become an integral part of the community that I grew up in. I am also very excited to have a chance to get to know the students and staff.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of work?
A: Outside of work, I love to be a mom. I have two boys, Tanner (6) and Carter (4). They keep me very busy when I am not at school. I also like to run to help clear my mind and exercise. I enjoy spending time with friends and family; relationships fill my bucket! I love to listen to music, all kinds of music.