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Dr. Marlee S. Bunch or

Marlee Bunch holds a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois and two additional graduate degrees. Her background also includes sixteen years of experience in teaching and education. She has taught literature, Advanced English, Reading/Writing Workshops, Adult Education, and poetry. 


Degrees, certifications and endorsements earned

December 2022

Ed.D., Education, Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Diversity and Equity
Certificate of Specialization in Diversity and Equity in Education

University of Illinois, in process.


M.S., Gifted Education

Emporia State University, Emporia, KS


M.A., Secondary Education/English

DePaul University, Chicago, IL


B.A., English (minor in Psychology)

National-Louis University, Evanston, IL


Certifications & Endorsements

Teaching Certification 6-12 (English and Social Studies)
Gifted Certification 9-12
ESL Endorsement

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Awards & Achievements

Internship, Office of the Chancellor, University of Illinois



Collaborative Art Exhibit & Curator, Unlearning the Hush Exhibit
HAW Contemporary Gallery, Kansas City


Presenter, National Conference for Teachers of English

Selected Panel Speaker for Annual James Joyce Symposium


Coach & Sponsor, Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Group

2018 - 2019

Moderator for discussion with Tanner Colby
Moderator for discussion with John Eligon- New York Times Journalist


Equity Task Force Member, Suburban Balance


Fox 4 News Reaching for Excellence (Troubadour Poetry Group)


Narrator for Audio Book, Learning from Loss (author Brittany Collins)


Turner Points of Light Teaching Award



June 2021-June 2023

Burrell Behavioral Health/CMHS, Independence, MO

Senior Director of Diversity/Equity/Inclusion 

Aug 2020-May 2022

Race Project KC, Kansas City, MO

 Director of Education 

Aug 2016-2020

Blue Springs School District, Blue Springs, MO

  • Instructor, Advanced English Language Arts - Fall 2016

  • Director, Adult Education - Fall 2017- 2020

Summer 2015

Smith College, Amherst, MA

  • Instructor, Creative Writing

Fall 2013-2016

Raytown High School, Kansas City, MO

  • Instructor, English Language Arts

  • Instructor, Dual College Credit Writing (UMKC)

Fall 2011-2013

Kauffman Scholars, Kansas City, MO

  • Literacy Coordinator and Educator - Spring 2013

  • Academic Coach, English Language Arts - Spring 2011-12

Fall 2011

Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

  • Instructor, Writing Workshop- Fall 2011

Fall 2008-Spring 2011

Turner High School, Kansas City, MO

  • Instructor, 12th Grade Advanced College Credit English (dual credit with KCKCC) - Spring 2011

  • Instructor, 9th Grade Advanced  & Regular English - Spring 2008-2011

  • Instructor, 9th Grade English & 11th Grade Reading Enrichment - Spring 2008

Fall 2007-Fall 2008

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

  • Co-Instructor, “Readings for Writers” (International Writing Program) - Spring 2007-2008

Fall 2004-Spring 2005

Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson, AZ

Instructor, “The Art of Writing”

Summer 2003

GEAR Up Project, Chicago, IL

Instructor, English Language Arts

Fall 2001-Spring 2003

America Reads Project, Chicago, IL

Tutor & Coordinator

Administrative Experience


Kauffman Scholars, Kansas City, MO

Missouri Literacy Director

  • Develop programming structures and policies for ELA Department

  • Coordinate, design, and implement 7th-12th grade curriculum

  • Arrange professional development for the team

  • Manage direct reports 

  • Procure subs when necessary

  • Assist in ensuring program adherence to all department and company guidelines

References available upon request.

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