University of Texas, MA
Williams College, BA
email: marco.morrone [at] sonomaacademy.org
phone: (707) 545-1770 x3413
Growing up in Manhasset, Long Island, Marco went to a medium sized high school, where he often felt frustrated by the apathy and lack of engagement he observed in his peers at school. Marco sees quite a contrast to his high school experience at Sonoma Academy: “Everybody gets seen at SA.” Part of what makes the difference is the quality of teaching at our school, Marco notes. He became a teacher because he believes it’s in his nature to help others out, and it gives him a sense of contentment.
Marco majored in English and History at Williams College, spending his junior year at Oxford University. He received his MA in History from the University of Texas. Before coming to Sonoma Academy, Marco worked for a non-profit group creating public school reform projects.
Marco started at Sonoma Academy early in our founding. He was fascinated by the bright and adventurous students and what they could pull off. He was given the opportunity to teach an interdisciplinary course, giving him a sense of autonomy in developing his coursework. Since then, Marco's classes have become the subject of admiration among students and faculty alike for his approach to teaching. Marco says he’s proudest of “how well prepared our students are for college work.” He believes his strengths manifest in the teaching of writing. Using a system called “Discovery Writing,” Marco helps students get their ideas down in notebooks to then develop into essays. He also employs free writing in all of his classes. He began assigning free writing his first year of teaching and hasn’t looked back since. The unstructured, flowing practice allows people the space to transcribe their thoughts, emotions, and observations of the world without judgment.
Marco devotes most of his free time to his own writing projects. He also does Bikram Yoga as well. All of this, while juggling life with three kids, all of whom are Sonoma Academy students (Annabella '21, Huck '23, Milo '23).