Dr. Marlon F. Francis, NBCT, MAT, Ph.D.
Dr. Marlon Francis is a culturally diverse science educator and accomplished National Board-Certified Teacher of Science who brings 20+ years' professional expertise to teaching and training in education. He holds a bachelor’s degree (Hon) in Tropical Agriculture, specializing in agronomy, Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) with a focus on Curriculum and Teaching.
Dr. Francis’ teaching experiences in both public and private schools in Barbados and the states of Kentucky and Georgia have provided opportunity to immerse in student diversity enabling him to understand a full range of student’s learning styles, learning differences and challenges. Thus, his comprehensive educational perspectives are shaped through advanced scientific training, agronomy research, and international teaching. He has a proven record of combining his scientific knowledge and teaching competencies to engage students in learning and positively impact their success.
Dr. Francis was the recipient of several coveted awards for his dedicated focus on student engagement, learning and leadership. Some of these awards include the WHAS-11 ExCEL Award for Excellence in Classroom and Educational Leadership, the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence, the Jefferson County ( Kentucky) Teacher's Association Schoolhouse Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership, and the Jefferson County Public Schools (KY): Superintendent Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Francis’ known for his excellent work with students over the years has been recognized by his colleagues in several ways. He was selected as a High School Teacher to participate in a National Science Foundation Fellowship for Biomedical Research at the University of Louisville. Was the recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Achievement at the Trinity High School, twice nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and selected as a distinguished teacher for STEM training at the Boyce Thompson Institute at Cornell University.
As a Caribbean national, Dr. Francis is passionate about education as a transformative mechanism for human resource development. Thus, he has focused his passion working with ALL students, but specifically minority and diverse student populations, including English Language Learners. He is acutely aware of the importance of inclusiveness and thus embraces diversity, equality, and equity when engaging students. Dr. Francis, therefore, strongly supports working collaboratively with parents, families, and the community to enhance student learning.
As a partner in Leveling-Up Learning Institute (LULI), Dr. Francis brings various skills. Some of these skills include his ability to connect with and engage students in authentic, real-world situations that promote student learning. He facilitates professional development for colleagues in areas such as formative assessments, differentiated classroom instruction, science literacy, standards-based grading and problem-based learning.