Marcia has had a great life and influenced others


Marcia always says, "In life you are given two ends. One to think with and the other to sit on. Your success in life depends on which end you use the most. HEADS you win-TAILS you lose!"

Marcia says, "A smile is a small curve that sets things straight!"

Basic Bio Information

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Born in 1951 to Marvin and Arline Sokol

In Los Angeles County. California

First home on Faust in Lakewood,California

Moved to Oak Park, Michigan for ages 3- 7

Two sisters Nancy & Joanne  were born

Returned to Long Beach,California

Lived on Volk Ave  and attended 3rd grade at Tincher Elementary. Moved to Josie Ave and went to Cubberley  Elementary for grades 4-6. Following that attended Marshall Junior High and Millikan High School.

Received a Bachelor's Degree at CSULB and Teacher's Credential

Started teaching at Rossmoor Elementary in Los Alamitos School in 1974 then moved to ABC School District until retirement. Became a Reading Specialist for Westminster School District.

Earned a Master's Degree and Language Arts Specialist Credential.  Had first book published.

Married in 1974 , Bought Long Beach home, and adopted son

Also became a magician, umpire,coach,community volunteer and a puppy raiser for guide dogs.

Became Historical re-enactor Fanny Bixby

Bought Model T and had Fanny Bixby Spencer book published. 

Became a GRANDMOTHER in 2001 and a GREAT AUNT in 2017

SPACE FOR MORE YEARS AHEAD

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Marcia Lee Harris celebrating birthday # 66

Marcia Lee Harris, taught school for 36 years and was a reading specialist for 5 years. Now she says her life has “gone to the dogs” since she raises puppies for guide dogs.  She is a Mom, published author, edu-tainer (her word for educator and magical entertainer combined), historical re-enactor, collector, storyteller, docent, and active community volunteer, who lives by the motto:  

               “Aspire to inspire, before you expire! ”

        Marcia’s bio would be longer than the War & Peace book if everything were included. She has done so many things during her 66 years of life. Marcia was part of the 1996 Titanic Expedition, marched in the re-enactment of the Civil Rights March in Birmingham, Alabama and more.

       Marcia has won many awards including the Crystal Apple Award from Channel 4 news, the Amazing Women Award from the Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Order of Merlin Award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, The Sarah Bixby Award and more.

        Marcia belongs to many clubs and organizations. She is very involved with the Rancho Los Cerritos historic site, American Diabetes Association, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and more.

       Articles about Marcia have been published in many newspapers and magazines.


As far as being traditionally published – In the 1980’s Libraries Unlimited published her book titled: ON THIS DAY- A collection of Everyday Learning Activities for the Media Center, Library and Classroom.  Following that she was also published in Powerful Classroom Stories from Accomplished Teachers, North Long Beach Anthology, Chicken Soup for the Soul My Very Good, Very Bad Dog. Patchwork of Stories and Peace Comes in Pieces-Life After WWII.

      The Thomas Brother’s Map Company published her book called : A LOOK AT LAKEWOOD –From bean fields to boulevards, and from cows to community…

       In 2013 History Press published her book titled : Fanny Bixby Spencer Long Beach’s Inspirational Firebrand.

       In 2017 Marcia created a book called: Lessons From Leo – The story of a guide dog in training from wiggly puppy to well-trained working guide dog.

Marcia’s next project will be to complete a book for families and teacher’s called: The Magic Alphabet combining magic tricks and learning the alphabet.

       Marcia has made many presentations throughout the city. Many enjoyed her presentation at the California Writer’s Club.  People also like the fact that she drives a 1926 Model T and is always willing to help others!


Lessons From Leo book will be coming out late November!

SNIPPETS FROM MARCIA'S LIFE

GREAT EXPERIENCES

Titanic Expedition in 1996

SON DAVID

Favorite photo of  Marcia's son when he was 3

RETIREMENT

Marcia's life has "Gone to the dogs"

Raising Guide Dogs for the Blind

EARLY DAYS

Grew up as the oldest of three sisters

SCHOOL LIFE

 Marcia Attended Cubberley Elementary School, Marshall Junior High,Millikan High School and CSULB for her BA degree and University of La Verne for her Master's Degree and Reading Specialist Credential 

CAREER

By George,  Marcia earned money for 35 years as a teacher and 5 years as a Reading Specialist

TEACHING

Marcia taught in several school districts and at Cypress College KIDS COLLEGE 

currently substituting for Westminster School District

OTHER THAN TEACHING JOBS

Marcia worked the voting polls every election since High School. She was a camp counselor, baby sitter and worked turning on TVs in hospital rooms.

 She worked as a NAEP and the Project Citizen District Co-ordinator.

Marcia also umpired and refereed for Lakewood Parks & Recreation

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

Marcia participated in many NEA programs - "The Lincoln Project" "Stony the Road", Henry Ford, "Ben Franklin", and "Thomas Day". She did the re-enactment of the Civil Rights March in 2005.

COACHING & UMPIRING IN LAKEWOOD,CA

Marcia coached her son's  basketball team to the championships.

SUMMER INSTITUTES

Marcia was picked as one of the 12 teachers in the country to study the Oklahoma Bombing. 

She also was chosen to participate in the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher's institute, Von's Teach the Teachers, Eat Foundations - Agricultural program and the Gilder Lehrman Institute

Marcia is like the "Energizer Bunny" always hopping and on the move

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