Born in Germany and raised in Georgia, Marcus Moore is a teacher whose life experience and professional work have developed the equipment to challenge systemic racism in our schools. His White, German mother and Black, American father raised him in Columbus, Georgia—a straightlaced, Southern, military town. After graduating from one of the two local, Black high schools, Marcus took the hard-learned racialized lessons of his hometown to college, or rather colleges. Classes at Columbus State University (public), Morris Brown College (HBCU), and Emory University (independent) informed a BA in African American Studies and ignited a passion for social justice…and teaching.
After a year abroad as a Bobby Jones Scholar based at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, Marcus began his doctoral studies in anthropology. He earned a Future Faculty Fellowship at Temple University and a Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of California Berkeley, all the while exploring the intersections of culture, race, and education. He presented papers that explored how education socially engineers race—how college campuses gentrify nearby neighborhoods—how racialized theme houses provide safe havens for college students of color. As a part of that process, Marcus began to explore how teachers are themselves socialized into their particular roles—what transformations are necessary for a person to become a teacher and how do they occur? Anthropology’s hallmark method is participant observation—so he earned a teaching credential.
Having already taught college courses, Marcus took his license to teach high school and middle school, and he ran with it. He taught everything: English, history, math, science, sex ed, and guest lectures in art appreciation on the history of hip-hop. By his third year of teaching physical science in downtown Oakland, California, 99% of his students were at grade level, and 68% of those were in the state’s highest science bracket. With intentional, focused practice in culturally relevant pedagogy—and all the missteps and success that work brings—Marcus now works as an Equity Transformation Specialist with Pacific Educational Group coaching others to develop environments where students of color thrive. He speaks to district level issues with the analysis of a Black anthropologist and to classroom level issues with the perspective of a Black student.
Marcus is the lead writer of Growing Into Manhood: Social-Emotional Curriculum for African American Young Men and an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers.