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…

By Mary-Margaret Mara

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Teaching About Race Does Not Make You Un-American

“The Holocaust was an atrocity.” This was the example I gave my eighth graders as we were learning our words of the week. And with…

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Posted Aug. 12, 2019

Don’t Just Invite Black Men to School on the First Day, We Need Them All Year Long

A tradition for many schools that educate predominately Black children involves welcoming the children back with scores of Black men cheering them on as they…

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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