Marcus Whitaker

marcusI have been working on projects with young people since graduating with a degree in sociology from Manchester Met University in England in 1997. After a year working on environmental education in Malawi I started my formal teaching career in London in 2004 where I taught in a large urban high school.  In 2009 I moved to Tucson having married a home town girl.

PFFS-University will be my fourth Tucson middle school, I worked at Utterback in TUSD, Civano community school in Vail, and PFFS-Downtown.  I am excited to join the Paulo Freire – University family this year.

My purpose as an educator lies in sharing the learning journey with my students.  I love planning projects that integrate student voice throughout the process. I didn’t study American American history until college and since I started teaching it I’ve become fascinated with the power and influence of the American narrative.  I am as much a learner as my students.   In addition to my language arts certification, I hold a secondary geography certification and I take pride in integrating geography and mapping skills in to my projects.

I enjoy camping, travel, hanging out with my two young kids and exploring the dirt roads of the American Southwest.