Margaret Marshall graduated from high school over 30 years ago, yet her heart remains in the classroom. Marshall, who spoke to a Queens journalism class, is hoping she will be the newly elected school board member from district five for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She is one of three candidates for this year’s elections on the ballot against Jim Peterson and Jeremy A. Stephenson.
Marshall has served as the treasurer and co-president of the PTA in both Alexander Graham Middle School and Myers Park High School, and is the founder of Heart Math Tutor and Circle de Luz, two tutoring programs that have spread between 17 local schools. While working with the PTA, Marshall believes she has been able to better the communication within the county school district.
Early childhood development and implementing vocational classes in high schools are the bases for Marshall’s campaign. “I want to eliminate the achievement gap before it begins,” Marshall said. The program would first be offered to lower income students but Marshall hopes to grow it to all 4-year old students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. Marshall also believes the gap can be bridged by having parents take a six week course to help the parents interact better with their kids at home.
Marshall focused her campaign efforts on face-to-face interaction, while relying less on social media. This included meet and greets, information pamphlets on her background experience, and visits to the polls to speak directly to voters. At the same time, she has recognized that she will need to use social media more in the future. “It is an easier way to interact with [my] audience,” she said.
At the end of her visit with the Queens journalism class, Marshall had to rush out to answer various play-by-play text messages from her campaign team, but not before leaving them with some parting campaign words.
“I want to build better brains.”
This story was reported by Chloe Rosario, Liz Salas, Itzel Garcia Ruiz, Juliette Corish, Jordan Brown, Emily McMinn, Madeline Elliott, Jillian Mitrecic and Bryant Burney. Written by Chloe Rosario and Liz Salas.
Photograph of Margaret Marshall speaking to a News Writing and Reporting class at Queens on Tuesday, Nov. 7.