Mary-Margaret Mara

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Preschool Teacher, Chandler Magnet School

Worcester, Massachusetts

Mary-Margaret Mara is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Senior Fellow. She is a preschool teacher in an inclusion classroom at Chandler Magnet School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her own educational experiences growing up with a learning disability. Throughout her career, Mary-Margaret has served on multiple leadership teams for her school and district, has worked with several student teachers, mentored novice teachers and is now a mentor leader for the Worcester Public Schools (WPS). Mary-Margaret was named the WPS 2014 Teacher of the Year and was a 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Finalist. Mary-Margaret holds a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Fitchburg State University and a MEd in Early Childhood and Special Education from Worcester State University. She completed the 2016-17 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship program.

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Posted July 3, 2018

Because of Trump, My Students Are Returning to Their Native Country. We Can Do Better.

On the last day of school, sisters Sandy and Veronica, former students of mine, came to say goodbye. Sandy handed…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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