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Get to Know Me: Marcia Ori Blascoe

Friday, January 21, 2011  
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By Corina Curry
RRSTAR.COM
Posted Jan 21, 2011 @ 01:16 AM

Who is she? Marcia Ori Blascoe is the early childhood director for Rockford College. She’s worked the past 25 years in early childhood education, most recently as the director of early childhood in the Rockford School District.

She is a board member of the Early Learning Council of the Rockford Area, past member of Rockford’s Community Action Committee, past board member of Family Advocate and served on the Bone Soiree committee for the Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Recently, she’s been working with the Alignment Rockford committee. She loves to travel, cook, bike and hike. She has a small garden and enjoys seeing historic sites, history and being a part of the culture of countries around the world.

Inspired by: I graduated with a master’s degree in speech and language pathology, and I remain board-certified in this area. I went on to study early childhood education, special education, teaching English language learners and working with children up to 3 years old. My broad background and specialty area in speech and language development/disorders created an interest in young children. I became a diagnostician for Rockford schools and worked privately with aphasic stroke patients. I saw how language formed and how language can be affected by trauma and emotional and experiential deprivation.

Right now: I love my work in early childhood and hope to assist Rockford College to build a bachelor and master of arts program to provide a formal education pipeline for young students graduating from high school who are interested in a career path in early childhood. I am very committed to the vision that "high-quality” early intervention makes a big difference in the preparation for lifelong learning and academic success. Every child and parent who wants to maximize the early years for learning should be offered that opportunity whether in a school, child care facility or at home through information, education and experiences.

I recommend picking up: "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd.”

My ideal vacation: Living in northern Italy for an extended period.

People are surprised to learn: Not surprised — I don’t give up easily.

Best advice I ever got: The best way to predict the future is to help create it.

Favorite childhood memory: A large family, my mother’s cooking and a positive school experience. Gov. Jim Thompson was my U.S. government teacher.

Favorite Rock River Valley spot: The bike path along the Kishwaukee River and my backyard.

Me in one word: Intense.

First paycheck: Speech and language pathologist for a small clinic.

Biggest pet peeve: What people do to other people. We are all on the same side.

Proudest moment: When my elementary-age children told their friends after a professional honor: "My mom. She just won an Academy Award!”

The Rock River Valley needs: A positive attitude working together to make a community while we enjoy the many opportunities we can take advantage of because of location, recreation and entertainment.

Compiled by Corina Curry. Have a suggestion for Get to Know Me or a story idea? Call 815-987-1371 or e-mail ccurry@rrstar.com.

This story appeared at http://www.rrstar.com/news/gtkm/x512672230/Marcia-Ori-Blascoe on January 21, 2011.

This story appeared at http://www.rrstar.com/news/gtkm/x512672230/Marcia-Ori-Blascoe on January 21, 2011.

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