George Lucas Educational Foundation
Mary Davenport

Mary Davenport

teacher. story-sentinel and word-romancer. underdog cheerleader. advocate for social justice. adult culture warrior.

Since I was "that" kid who played school, complete with daily worksheets and chalky hands, I am an educator by birth; it is who I am at the core. As a lover of words and stories, I strive to use language as a method of empowering my students to empower themselves. A proponent of social justice, I taught Language Arts for a decade in at-risk schools around Denver. In pursuit of a life of adventure and stories outside the American paradigm, I am currently teaching English in an international school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I also believe deeply in positive adult culture as a critical agent of sustainable achievement in schools.


  • Mindfulness
    A teacher shares how she implements daily mindful moments and their positive impact on classroom culture.
  • Teacher Collaboration
    Sending out bumps—emails with compliments shared among staff—is a simple way to spread positivity and increase teacher efficacy.
  • Student Voice
    Creating and implementing effective Socratic seminars is a multistep process that includes building a classroom community, instilling communication skills, and devising meaningful, reflective assessment protocols.