"You must be convinced that the fundamental effort of education is to help with the liberation of people, never their domestication." 

Antero Garcia Pose, Wobble, Flow

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Who is Andrea Marshbank? 

Andrea Marshbank is a ninth grade English Language Arts teacher for a wonderful high school in Topeka, Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education and a Certificate in Service Learning. She is a dedicated blended learning educator, reader, Netflix-watcher, supporter of 1:1 technology, and owner of two dogs (Pokey and Ozzie).

Ms. Marshbank directs a local youth writing program for students grades 6-12, is a private tutor for ACT preparation, and sponsors her school's Writing Club.

Over the summer of 2017, Ms. Marshbank worked alongside the Flint Hills Writing Project at Emporia State University in two of their programs: the Invitational Leadership Institute and the Community, Career, and College Writing Program (C3WP). She is now a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant.

Continuing her amazing path with the Flint Hills Writing Project, she is the creator, director, and host of their biweekly podcast: The Suggestion Box. It's a podcast where teachers get ideas. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and YouTube. 

In the past, Ms. Marshbank has assistant coached Debate & Forensics, acted for the local community theater, organized a local volunteering tutoring agency through her university, and traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as an ESL educator. 

Also, she reads a lot of books for both personal and professional reasons.

Ms. Marshbank is ambitious in her mission to improve the secondary education community. Her goals include continuing writing for esteemed organizations such as Edutopia, the National Councils of Teachers of English, Kansas English, and Education Week. Additionally, Ms. Marshbank writes for personal reasons, mainly to maintain her sanity, and would like to encourage you to do the same!

If you would like to contact Andrea Marshbank, please email andreamarshbank@gmail.com with your inquiry. Also, feel free to follow her on Twitter (@msmarshbank), Instagram (@amarshybank), or connect with her on LinkedIn.