Marisol Ponte-Greenberg is a passionate, enthusiastic, well-traveled, and global-minded foreign language and music educator. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, she was educated at an independent school in Caracas, and has lived and worked in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States. Her work addresses the intersections between music, foreign language, and Latin American culture.
Marisol views singing as a powerful educational tool to teach foreign language to students. She is a native Spanish speaker and has worked in private and public schools, universities, and community centers with toddlers, children, and adults, teaching both subjects — Spanish and music. She believes that a key element in the Spanish immersion classroom is keeping children engaged and motivated. Her personal style of teaching brings enjoyment, music, cultural and interdisciplinary elements, and technology into the classroom in order to increase learning, motivation, and higher levels of achievement. One of her main goals is to effectively communicate with her students in Spanish.
She received a Foreign Language to Elementary Students (FLES) Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University, studied Spanish Literature at Brooklyn College, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Adelphi University, and a Master's Degree in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College. In addition, the summers of 2007 and 2009 were spent at the International Kodály Seminars in Kecskemét, Hungary.
The Fulbright Program sponsored her project and concert titled: "The Music of the Andean Region," which was performed at El Museo del Barrio and included children’s choruses from three New York City schools. This project was featured in Univision, Miami Herald, El Diario, MSN Entertainment Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and other important news agencies and online periodicals worldwide.
Marisol has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including Youth For Understanding, Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU) at Harvard University, Adelphi University Honors and Dean’s List, National Education Association, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program, and District 29 Superintendent Recognition Award. She has performed in musical venues throughout Latin America, the Northeast, and Europe, and has been a member of the symphonic Masterwork Chorus of New Jersey and the Park Slope Singers since 2017. Her professional affiliations include FLES, Organization of American Kodály Educators and the National Association for Music Education.
Marisol is excited to join MUSE Academy as the Director of Foreign Language where she will utilize her skills and passion for foreign language and music education, Spanish literature and Latin American culture, with creative and hands-on techniques and technology-based teaching methodologies in order to help her students reach their fullest potential.