Pat Marshall

Guest Blogger

Teacher

Petersburg, Illinois

Pat Marshall is a Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. Pat teaches AP English and speech at PORTA High School in Petersburg, Illinois, where she also sponsors an award-winning Future Problem Solvers program.

Pat is the president of the PORTA Education Association and has served as a member of the inaugural teacher advisory committee with the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

A National Board Certified Teacher, she earned her BA in English from Western Illinois University and her MA in English from Northern Illinois University.

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Posted Feb. 6, 2018

Don’t Think We Need DACA? My Students Prove You Wrong

I teach in rural Central Illinois, and my high school, PORTA, is predominantly White, like most of the small schools…

By Pat Marshall

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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