M.B. McLatchey
Ambassador

M.B. McLatchey

United States

M.B. McLatchey is an award-winning educator, author of three education-related books and two poetry books, and Professor of Classics in the United States.

BIO FOR PUBLIC USE: 

An award-winning educator, writer, and poet, M.B. McLatchey earned her graduate degree in Literature at Harvard University, her Master of Art in Teaching at Brown University, and her B.A. from Williams College.  M.B. is the author of an award-winning educational memoir, Beginner’s Mind, (Regal House Publishing, May 2021),  two Humanities Readers on ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, and two books of poems: The Lame God, for which she won the May Swenson Award (Utah State University Press) and Advantages of Believing (Finishing Line Press). She served as a Board of Trustees member for several years at Goddard College in northern Vermont, USA.

Currently Florida’s Poet Laureate for Volusia County and Arts & Wellness Ambassador to the Atlantic Center for the Arts, M.B. is Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Visit her at: www.mbmclatchey.com

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I was delighted to discover the HundrED community through social media research related to Sir Ken Robinson. As an award-winning educator, I have dedicated my life to teaching and writing about teaching. However, there are very few communities in our field that address the importance of imagination, creativity, and innovation. The prospect of joining these efforts thrills me.

How can education support students to flourish?

A friend of mine who teaches Physics tells me that Einstein once said he loved talking to children because they had not yet been corrupted by education. The requirement to answer to standardized goals, rather than to one’s potential can corrupt a child’s idea of what learning is for. What we remember from school are times when not just the mind was instructed, but the whole human was inspired.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation in education prepares students to contribute uniquely and creatively to a changing world. Fundamentally, innovation inspires teachers to own their teaching and to encourage students to lean on their imaginations -- hence cultivating a classroom that teaches both sides of the brain.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

(1) leerKRACHT (Teaching Force) because of the emphasis on teachers owning their teaching. Bureaucracy can crush innovation in education by underappreciating the teacher’s potential and dedication, or his/her imagination and creativity. (2) ImmerseMe.Co because of the blend of technology with communication and empathy (3) SchoolDay because it teaches the whole child

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Post-pandemic Innovations in (1) Texas and (2) California and (3) Florida that continue to merge (hybrid-like) technology with face-to-face learning. Why? To address the stresses students bring from home to the classroom; to innovate in outreach initiatives; and to amplify the need for joy/fun in learning