Meg Wilcox • The Welsh Valley Times • December, 2011

Mr. Marrone is an art teacher here at Welsh Valley Middle School. When you see him from a far you might think he’s just an average Joe, but Mr. Marrone is anything but an average guy. Mr. Marrone is one of the most interesting of people you’ll ever meet, and I was here interviewing him to find that out!

Mr. Marrone does a lot of things besides art. He podcasts online, designs t- shirts, plays video games, reads, listens to music, and loves to hang out with his wife and kids. His favorite genre of music is jazz/alternative. He is currently designing a t-shirt for Nike, which will be out soon. Mr.Marrone can also do some pretty weird things; he can whistle through his ears, and balance things on his chin.

Mr. Marrone grew up in Bucks County, PA as a kid. He had no siblings, so art acted like a sibling to him. He loved art as a kid, but he also wanted to be a “monster movie make-up artist” throughout his elementary school years. He went to Pennsbury High School, and he still had his eye on art. Throughout his high school years Mr. Marrone grew tired of being called, “The Art Kid” and stopped making art. He had rejected art for about 2-3 years. Even though he rejected art, he wrestled all the way through high school. Mr. Marrone went to college at Kutztown University, where he then majored in English. Mr. Marrone had then realized in college that he had a true talent for art, so after college he went straight to grad school to become a certified teacher. Mr. Marrone had then realized his love for teaching and art went together, and therefore he is now an art teacher.

Mr. Marrone currently lives in Belmont Hills, PA. with his wife Heather and two kids Matilda (3) and Rocco (1). He also has a cat named Milky. Mr. Marrone has been an art teacher for fifteen years, and has loved every second of it. He said he loves teaching for a jumble of things but the main reason he loves it is because of the company of young people. His good friends at Welsh Valley MS are Mr. Ginsburg, Mr. Birch, Mr.&Mrs. Sullivan, Mr. Eskin, Mr. Kagan, and Mrs. Rodgers. But he loves everyone here at Welsh Valley!

Mr. Marrone has traveled many places for art shows; some being Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, and London. A quote that Mr. Marrone likes is “In the end we shall have had enough of cynicism and skepticism and humbug, and we shall want to live more musically”. – Vincent Van Gogh.  His favorite piece of art is “Guernica” by Picasso. His favorite experience in life was having his two children.

Now you know why Mr. Marrone isn’t an average Joe!

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