Marjorie Light is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development in East Granby, CT. Recently, she either made a big decision (either foolish or brilliant – you be the judge) of a house in major need of renovation.
Prior to her work in CT, in the fall of 2016, Marjorie worked at 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 Marjorie studied 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 used this information to design learning units for expanding the worlds of secondary students through career exploration, global fiction/non-fiction pairings, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) incorporation.
What led her to the Fulbright award was her teaching 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.