Carole Marshall is a writer, a journalist, and a teacher. She taught high school English in an urban school in Providence, Rhode Island for two decades. Prior to that, she worked for a number of leading newspapers in the United States and Europe and co-wrote two books on women’s health. She has a Masters in Teaching from Brown University and a Masters in Communication from the City University of New York. She retired from teaching last year to return to her first love: writing.
When did you first start writing?
My elementary school made writing a central part of the curriculum. I was actually slow to pick up reading, but when I did, I was never empty-handed. Reading led to writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York City and attended the excellent public schools there at the time. I remember being given a tour of the fine art reproductions on the school walls in second grade, and then writing a composition about the painting of my choice. My fifth grade classroom was lined with fish tanks and cages. In the spring, we wrote and bound our own adventure stories about imaginary animals. Our final project was an international talent show using marionettes we had built. In eighth grade, I published in the literary magazine. In high school, I was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. Because of those great schools, I always loved writing and always believed I was a writer.
Stubborn Hope: Memoir of an Urban Teacher chronicles the learning curve of a white middle class professional over two decades in an urban high school in Providence, Rhode Island. While teaching students who desperately need an education, her life is radically enriched by them. It concludes with an inside look at the struggles to improve education and the disastrous effects of recent reforms.