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TEam Member Spotlights

TEam Member Spotlight: Maranda Rushing






What is your role on the TEam?

I am an instructional coach.

Where did you study? List all that apply.

I majored in journalism and mass communications at New York University.

Why are you passionate about education and teacher development?

I grew up in a low-income neighborhood and education was instrumental in helping me get out of that neighborhood and move on to having a successful career in education. I feel it’s important for all kids to have the opportunity to utilize education the way that I did; they should know that it can help them overcome obstacles. When I was a teacher, I learned that teaching is one of the toughest professions in the world. I want to be a source of support for as many teachers as I possibly can.

Describe a successful teaching strategy that you used in the classroom or that you frequently recommend to your teachers.

I love the jigsaw. It’s a great way to get kids to take ownership of their learning and be creative.

If you had to describe your work on the TEam in three words, what would they be?

Support, support, support

What advice would you have for an educator that aspires to become an instructional leader?

You should spend every day asking questions and learning from everyone around you. You never know when something small can help someone in a big way.

When you are not working on closing the achievement gap, what do you enjoy doing?

I love to travel. I’ve been to six countries outside of the U.S. I also love to write. I hope to complete a science fiction novel in 2014.

Which TE-shirt is your favorite and why?

I don’t have favorites yet. Come back to me once I’ve started a collection.


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