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Maya Martin-Bugg
2008 Alumni Classroom Fellow
Durham, North Carolina

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Bio/Overview: Bugg currently is the Director for Citizen Schools North Carolina working closely with a transformation middle school in Durham, NC on extending the learning time. Upon earning her Master’s in teaching from Harvard in 2005, Bugg began her teaching career in the North Carolina public school system as an eighth grade language arts teacher. Prior to joining Citizen Schools, Bugg taught at the Durham School of the Arts and later served as the recruitment director for the College of Education at NC State University.

Educational Values/Philosophy: ASE! A Yoruban affirmation of power and perseverance meaning “let it be so” lends itself to the foundational apparatus upon which Bugg’s professional and pedagogical aspirations have been built. The significance of Ase as a concept within the field of education is its impetus towards persistence and proactive engagement.

  • National Board Certification
  • Citizen Schools “Your Work Inspires Me Award”
  • Nominated: NC State University Diversity Award
  • Named “Organization of Promise” by Black America Web for founding of UPLIFT Now
  • Recognized as Durham Public Schools “Points of Pride” Educator
  • U.S. Department of Education Teacher Ambassador Fellowship

Leadership Experience: As the Director for Citizen Schools, Bugg is currently the managing instructional coach for a staff of beginning and developing educators. Additionally, Bugg serves on the Board of Directors for an innovative, non-profit enrichment program called Ase Saturday Academy, where she evaluates and develops curricula as well as assists with the coordination of ongoing plans for expanding the program into a charter-school. Bugg also co-founded an educational organization called UPLIFT Now (Uniting Pedagogies of Leaders Invested in Facilitating Transformation Now), whose mission it is to unite leaders in education committed to providing students with culturally relevant curricula that maintain a high degree of academic rigor while honoring students’ prior knowledge and creating authentic learning experiences. While teaching, Bugg served as grade-level chair; served on the district Middle & High School Reform Committees; and was elected to serve on the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Council.

Affiliations: UPLIFT Now; Woodrow-Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Teaching Fellowship; Citizen Schools; ASE-Saturday Academy; IRT; Coca-Cola Scholars; Operation Understanding

Education: Bugg has a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Education in Teaching and Curriculum from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Additionally, Bugg is a National Board Certified Teacher and also holds a Gifted Education License from Duke University. She plans to pursue a Doctorate to further her understanding of nonprofit organizations and their intersection with school reform efforts such as teacher preparation, family engagement and college/career readiness.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Teacher Preparation & Reform Policy
  • College Readiness
  • Culturally Responsive Curriculum Development
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