Marilyn A. Messina

Title: Educator
Company: Santa Clara University
Location: San Jose, California, United States

Marilyn A. Messina, educator at Santa Clara University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and historical preservation.

With over 30 years of experience in the field of education, Ms. Messina has acted as a mentor and supervisor to several generations of students. Inspired to pursue a career as an educator by her mother, a teacher, she obtained a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary education from Santa Clara University in 1987. She began her career as a substitute teacher in San Francisco and spent the next two decades and a high school teacher and counselor. Ms. Messina developed and taught teacher education and curriculum foundations courses at Santa Clara University in addition to working with secondary-level teaching credential candidates.

Currently, Ms. Messina is the Historic Landmarks Commissioner for the City of San Jose and sits on the board of directors of the Preservation Action Council of San Jose. In 2018, her family’s farming homestead was added to the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places. Looking toward the future, she aims to create an event center on her family’s homestead while working to preserve many of the threatened historical resources in the Santa Clara Valley. Above all, she attributes her success to her work ethic, her faith in God, and the support of her many mentors and students.


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