7 Black Female Educators Who Made History And Transformed Classrooms

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Marva Collins

1936 – 2015

Teacher and Students in Chicago Inner City School

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Marva Collins founded Westside Preparatory School, a private elementary school in Garfield Park, Illinois. Garfield Park was characterized by tremendous poverty at the time, and Westside Preparatory School took in dozens of students with difficult home lives for whom education was not a priority. Collins was known for teaching students others saw as “unteachable” and truly transforming the lives of children who were at risk of being left behind.

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