From student to principal in Clinton Township

Aug 23, 2015 915

by Thomas Franz

When Marina Licari began her educational journey as a kindergarten student 32 years ago, she could hardly speak English. The daughter of Italian immigrants, Licari grew up speaking her parents' native language. Years of bilingual classes and hard work in language arts paid off for Licari, whose journey through Chippewa Valley Schools is about to come full circle.

After attending Ottawa Elementary School, Algonquin Middle School and Chippewa Valley High School, she earned a pair of master's degrees, and then taught in the district for 13 years. After being approved by the district Board of Education July 20, she is now set to become the principal of Ojibwa Elementary starting this January.

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