Marjorie Light teaches English at J.D. Clement Early College High School in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Since starting her career in Plattsburgh, New York, she has received several awards, including ECHS 2015 Teacher of the Year and Durham Top Five Finalist Teacher of the Year. Marjorie won a Work-in-Progress Award for her novel from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She was awarded the Go Global NC trip to Germany, Kwame Alexander’s Brazil teacher/writer retreat, a Duke Energy externship, and the NCSU Kenan Fellowship for Ply Gem Industries in Cary, NC. Her documentary “Northward to Freedom” is featured in a NY Underground Railroad museum. In the fall of 2016, Marjorie will travel to the University of Nottingham, UK, a world top 1% university, to study as part of the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program.

Her Research Title: Connecting and Competing in a Global Economy: Educating First Generation and Minority Students

Project Overview: Marjorie will study how the U.K. prepares secondary students to compete in a global economy, examine partnerships between corporations and schools, along with learning how pre-service teachers in the U.K. are instructed on leading their future students to global understandings. Upon returning to the United States, Marjorie will share learning units designed to expand the worlds of secondary students through career exploration, global fiction/non-fiction pairings, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) incorporation. In addition, she will partner with local universities and share her findings of effective methods of preparing teachers.