EDUCATION • Master of Education in Online Teaching and Learning Southern New Hampshire University
• M.A. in Applied Linguistics University of Massachusetts • B.S. in English Education Maranatha Baptist University ENROLLED • Cohort 6
LOCATION • Neenah, Wis.
Maxwell Folkman is currently an English teacher at a virtual school in Wisconsin where he also oversees new programming for incoming students. In his time at the virtual school, Max created and piloted a two new courses designed to meet the needs of at-risk students as well as piloted a first-year academy to help students transition to online school. Max is also involved in creating and leading professional development opportunities in their school and across associated schools, with focuses on culturally responsive pedagogy for LGBTQ+ students as well as scaffolding approaches to education. Max’s goal in education is to meet the needs of all students in their classroom through innovative, authentic, and culturally responsive lessons and classroom environment. Max’s philosophy in education was shaped by his own time in school. As a queer person and a person with a disability, Max rarely felt like education was designed with people like them in mind. When he became a teacher, he realized that education in the present was not designed to meet the needs of many students in the classroom. Max’s long-term goal is to create an educational system which is designed to meet the needs of every student in the classroom. To accomplish that goal, Max’s research will focus on emerging education models, sustainable literacy and digital literacy programs, and reducing inequalities in education in general. Max currently lives in Milwaukee with his partner. In their free time, Max enjoys reading, writing, and enjoying nature.
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