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The Mediocre Teacher Project

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The Mediocre Teacher Project: Keys to Overcoming Teacher Burnout In and Outside the Classroom

Many teachers reach a point in their careers where they are not as effective, excited, and enthusiastic as they once were when they first entered the classroom. Many get to a point where they even dread going to work each day. The Award-Winning #1 Bestselling Author, Dr. Marquita S. Blades, calls this the “Mediocrity Trap”, where talented, charismatic teachers are functioning in survival mode, doing just enough to make it through each day.

In The Mediocre Teacher Project book collaboration, seven educators share their stories of how it felt to be in the “Mediocrity Trap”, how they got there, and what they did to change their circumstances so that they could love and enjoy teaching again. To get your copy on Amazon, click here.

Meet the Authors

Pioneer Award-Winning, #1 Bestselling Author

Dr. Marquita S. Blades

Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning Educator, international speaker, author, and education consultant with 16 years of experience as a high school science teacher and manager of national STEM programs for high-achieving high school students. During her time working with public school districts, she also served as a curriculum & assessment developer and professional learning facilitator for multiple school districts in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Dr. Blades is currently a full-time Education Consultant, the owner of Dr. Blades Consulting, and the host of The Dr. Marquita Blades Show-Candid Conversations that Create Change, a radio show dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades’ Consulting firm offers solutions to learning institutions and individuals through professional development programs, curriculum and assessment development, and conference development and programming services.

Dr. Blades is also the founder of The Mediocre Teacher Project© which helps other teachers avoid and battle through burnout by incorporating their unique gifts and talents into their daily practice. Dr. Blades has presented at numerous conferences including the International Academic Forum, International Conference on Innovation in Science Education, and the Innovative Schools Summit. Dr. Blades earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Broad Field Science from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University, and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

When she is not working, Dr. Blades enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband.


Carole Cramer-Banks
Co-Author

Carole Cramer-Banks’ passion for special education is evidenced by her varied experience, first as a Special Education Assistant for 5 1/2 years, and her 10 years as a Special Education teacher. Prior to her current position as a Resource Specialist Teacher in a high performing charter school in Los Angeles, California, she worked in Pre-K to high school special education class settings.

Carole’s work with students with learning differences ranged from as mild as Specific Learning Disability (Difference) to as severe as Autism and Emotional Disturbance. It was during this time that she honed her teaching and classroom management skills and learned to not leave any child behind… no matter what their difference.

After earning her Bachelor’s in Human Development from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, shortly thereafter, Carole earned her Education Specialist Teaching credential and Master’s in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University in Westchester, California.


Dr. Ragan M. Brown
Co-Author

An elementary and middle school educator of over 10 years with expertise in English Language Arts, reading difficulties, and dyslexia, classroom culture, and executive functioning, Dr. Ragan M. Brown graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She later completed her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Dr. Brown obtained a PhD in Early Childhood Development and Education with a dissertation focused on Positive Youth Development.

Dr. Brown is a self-proclaimed travel geek and enjoys visiting various states and countries to indulge in the history, culture, and food of each unique place. Promoting academic success and self-care in youth and adult scholars are only a few of her passions. Therefore, she uses her expertise to further develop others through academic and personal coaching. It is her passion to one day educate and help other young girls and women who are also addicted to learning.


Dee Harris
Co-Author

Dee Harris was born and raised in Silver Spring Maryland and graduated from Wheaton High School. She went on to pursue a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Ecology with a concentration in Family & Consumer Sciences. Dee received a Masters of Education in Human Development from the University of Maryland College Park. She currently holds the position as a high school Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher.

Ms. Harris loves cooking and gardening and aspires to provide more educational services through consulting and non profit work.


Melody Herb
Co-Author

Successful in designing and implementing educational programs at the K-12 level, and passionate about education, Melody Herb is currently working towards obtaining an EdD in order to influence educational practices and research at a higher level. Developing a strong interest and competency in curriculum design, curriculum mapping and using instructional technologies to promote learning, she provides specialized guidance to parents and their students with regards to education choice alternatives to public school education.

Melody enjoys writing and collaborating with other professionals on projects that create meaningful dialog about teaching. In her spare time, she teaches (full time) Business courses at a high school, and love every minute of it. 🙂


Dr. Kemi Popoola
Co-Author

Dr. Kemi Popoola is an educator with 17 years of experience in teaching, curriculum planning and administration. She has been an advocate for transforming schools through supporting the needs of the whole child her entire career. Dr. Popoola’s educational philosophy is wrapped in the belief that when the whole village supports the student, everyone wins.

Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Popoola is married to her husband of almost 14 years and they are blessed with a son.


Min. Ranyel Trent
Co-Author

As a wife, mother, preacher, and teacher, Minister Ranyel L. Trents accepts the call of God on her life to make a difference in the hearts of all mankind. She acknowledges that before you can ever teach a child, you must first get them to believe in you. So she has made it her life’s mission to build trusting relationships with her students as she breaks down every obstacle that may be hindering their academic success.

Min. Ranyel is the wife of Min. Kenneth Trent, Jr. and mother of 5 (Nevaeh, Kristian, Kayden, Avia, & Jameson). She is currently a doctoral student at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX as well as the Curriculum Coordinator of Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy in Lake Charles, LA.


And a special thanks to Mr. Owen Griffith for his contributions to the project!

Owen Griffith
Foreword Contributor

Owen Griffith is a university-level Student Mentor, supporting and guiding future teachers. Owen taught as an elementary educator for over a decade. His first book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and was a Top Ten Best Seller in April, 2016. Owen is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and his work has appeared on Edutopia and U. C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center’s online magazine. He earned a Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University in Educational Leadership. He is available for consulting, speaking engagements and to lead professional development in a variety of areas.

He resides with his wife and son in North Georgia.

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