About Dr. Bunch

Where Strategy and Storytelling Intersect

Dr. Marlee S. Bunch is an interdisciplinary educator, researcher, advocate for students, seeker of social justice and equity, and lifelong learner. With over sixteen years of teaching experience at the secondary and post-secondary level, she has continuously worked in diverse classrooms and sought to ensure that students receive equitable and rigorous instruction and mentorship.


My research explores the lives and stories of Black female educators, pre- and post-Brown, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, between 1954 and 1971. It examines the historical implications of public-school desegregation in Hattiesburg, and the ways in which Black female teachers bore the brunt of this difficult experiment in American history. 

The study explores the lives and stories of these women, examines the historical implications of public-school desegregation in Hattiesburg, and draws connections between history and current day concerns in K-12 schools. Ever-present in this study’s findings are the facts that Black female teachers in Hattiesburg were at the forefront of these desegregation efforts, and despite the challenges endured, they remained steadfast in shining their light for their students caught in the crossfire of undoing centuries of segregation policy and practice.  

Create equitable learning spaces for all ages with the HUSH Framework

Rooted in research and oral histories, this framework paired with ready-to-use tools & templates, helps teachers create equitable classroom lessons and activities that support all students.



Ed.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Doctoral degree.
Education / Policy / Organization Leadership
Concentration in Diversity /Equity / Inclusion.

Masters of Science, Emporia State University

Masters of Science.
Gifted Education degree
and certification.

Masters of Education, DePaul University

Masters of Education.
Secondary teaching certification- English and Social Studies.
ESL certification. Gifted certification.
Diversity / Equity / Inclusion certification.

Bachelor of Arts, National-Louis University

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Minor in psychology.

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how to collaborate with Dr. Bunch

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Equity-centered Consulting

For equity centered consultation, speaking engagements, or facilitation opportunities, please reach out to Dr. Bunch.​

Speaking Engagements

Dr. Bunch is committed to connecting with educators and the community. Some of the areas of content she can speak to include:

  • The HUSH Framework 

  • Education (middle school/high-school/gifted education/ESL)

  • English Language Arts 

  • Writing/Poetry/Creative Writing

  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI)

  • Unlearning the Hush study of Black female educators 

  • Curriculum design

  • Implementing best classroom practices

  • Mentoring