Mara Linaberger, EdD.
Hi! I'm Mara Linaberger
First things first: I am a lifelong educator, just like you!
My journey with microschool building is a fascinating one. Let me share some highlights!
I started off as a K-5 teacher in one of my hometown’s magnet schools. That meant we enrolled kids through a lottery in order to support desegregation. I had the rare opportunity to serve a truly diverse set of learners, from all types of backgrounds. That school began as a traditional academy - think classic instruction, discipline and uniforms. But in a few years we were approached by families in the community to change our focus to arts-integration. I was fortunate to be part of the team who transformed our school into a vibrant, creative learning community where kids couldn’t wait to come to school.
And yet, I intuitively knew that something was wrong….
Testing and assessments were on the rise. No Child Left Behind had been announced. And the 100% targets for proficiency made me laugh when I thought about the audacity of measuring every child against the same standards….
And so I went back to school. I earned a doctorate in instructional technology, and then completed training to become a superintendent of schools.
I took a job training teachers and wrote grants that brought arts and technology into rural schools in my area. And finally I landed a job as an administrator, supporting new teachers, technology integration, data and assessment, and federal programs.
And when that job was cut I was devastated…
I really began to question my path ...
I began to question the system, why it worked the way it did, and why I had gotten all of that education to be tossed aside so easily…
As I read, I began to find answers. But more importantly, I began to learn about all of the alternatives out there. And my excitement grew! As I learned about small schools using models such as Montessori, Waldorf, or Reggio Emelia, I started to dream about even different kinds of schools.
And I began to have a reoccurring dream at night - it was about one-room schools that were modern, innovative and joy filled spaces.
I decided to dedicate myself to bringing that dream to life - and Microschool Builders was born!
If you are on a similar path - of wondering how you can use all that you have learned as a teacher to transform the way we do education, I want to talk with you!
Podcasts & Presentations
The Learning Revolution Online Daily Education Conference
Conscious Parents, Thriving Kids (with Sue DeCaro)
Honey! I’m Homeschooling the Kids (Robyn Robertson)
The MoonshotEDU Show (Bernard Bull)
One Love Rising (Heidi Little & Bob Challenger)
Book Journeys (Maggie McReynolds)