Influencer of the Week: Marlines Clark of Ocoee Elementary

Ms. Clark is the Spanish bilingual paraprofessional at Ocoee Elementary School.

  • West Orange Times & Observer
  • News
  • Share

Marlines Clark is the Spanish bilingual paraprofessional at Ocoee Elementary and is assigned to work with second-language learners in all curriculum areas. She helps student in the lower grades work on their reading skills. But she offers so much more to students and staff. She always is willing to assist and support to make sure tasks are completed. Whether working with students, assisting in the media center (unpacking resources and materials, and helping with the book fair and inventory) or providing translation for parents in the front office, you always will find her lending a helping hand. Clark was named Support Person of the Year at Oak Hill Elementary in 2013.


What brought you to your school?

The opportunity to continue helping students was why I came to Ocoee Elementary.


What do you love most about your school?

I love the staff, students, and teachers at Ocoee.


What is your motivation?

God motivates me to help others.


What is the most rewarding part of your job?

When I’m teaching the kids and see them start to understand, that is very rewarding!


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to travel and visit family.


Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school and why?

I went to school in Puerto Rico and was inspired by a principal in high school. Mr. Pagan was his name, and he always helped me be successful.


When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do; then I went to college and got a bachelor’s degree as a social worker.


What is your favorite children’s book and why?

I like non-fiction and adventure books, but no specific book stands out to me.


What are your hobbies?

I like traveling, cooking, shopping and being with family and friends.


If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

Jesus is the one with superpowers in my life.


If you could only listen to three bands or artists for the rest of your life, what would they be?

I like Christian music.


What was your go-to lunch as an elementary student?

Rice, beans and meat.


What is your favorite holiday?

I like Christmas and celebrating Jesus Christ.


Who was your best friend when you were in school?

Mirna was my best friend in school.


What were your extracurricular activities?

I was in chorus in high school.


How long have you been at your school and with OCPS?

I’ve been with OCPS for 16 years, and Ocoee for six of those years.



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

Latest News