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

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Bio/Overview: Maya Bugg is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Charter School Center. During her Fellowship in 2008, Bugg worked to research and create a differentiated database of teacher leadership opportunities across the state of Tennessee. She evaluated and made recommendations as to how the efficiency of Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRCs) could be improved while also providing insights about the potential to make these centers more accessible to parents in middle and upper grades. Bugg has deep roots in the education sector, having begun her career as a classroom educator in North Carolina and continuing on to work with the United States Department of Education as a policy consultant. She has over a decade of experience launching, scaling, and leading high-impact initiatives throughout the education sector. As the founding State Director for Education Pioneers, Tennessee for two years, she was charged with overseeing strategic growth, financial stability, and partner development throughout the region. In previous roles, she has supported evaluation and strategy for teacher preparation programs; led school and district-level leaders in advancing school turn-around efforts; and founded a national resource dedicated to training educators in the use of culturally responsive education.

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 is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership & Policy at the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University.

Areas of Interest/Expertise:

  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Teacher Preparation & Reform Policy
  • College Readiness
  • Culturally Responsive Curriculum Development
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Last Modified: 08/12/2016