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Henry Zarrow Principal Denise MarqueZ

I have been privileged to work as an educator for almost 30 years. The first 8 years I taught both Spanish and English as a Second Language at the high school and university levels. The rest of my career I have served in a variety of teaching and educational leadership roles at university, high school, and elementary levels both in the United States and in Mexico. The commonality in the three decades of experience has been the collaboration with others to provide the best possible bilingual educational experiences for students.

I earned my bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Spanish from Oklahoma State University and my Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Oklahoma. After teaching Spanish at Southwest Missouri State University, I moved to Mexico where I taught and held leadership roles at Instituto Politécnico Nacional and Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey where I served as administrative coordinator of the curriculum redesign project for the language department. I later provided ongoing professional development and observation/feedback on the implementation of the newly designed methodology and curriculum. I then went on from there to open my own language institute for which I designed all the plans of study, curriculum, assessments, evaluation/feedback process, and professional development for staff. After returning to Oklahoma, I designed, piloted, and implemented a successful pre-K through 6th grade Spanish program at Wesleyan Christian School in Bartlesville.

Everything I have engaged in thus far has been driven by my profound passion for bilingual education including my journey at Tulsa Public Schools as the principal at Zarrow International, which began in July of 2017.

Also, as the parent of two boys, I recognize the importance of a strong home-school connection. Parents are every child's first teacher and I believe that by working together we can make sure every student's social, emotional, and academic experiences are extraordinary.