MaryLu Hutchins, Ed.D., NBCT, is the Director of Education with Teach While Learning in co-design partnership with accomplished teaching practitioners. A graduate of WLU and WVU, she holds degrees in Education, Instructional Technology and Communication, and Education Leadership.
Dr. Hutchins taught in public school settings, also serving as a PK-8 principal, Director of PreK, and as Director of Student Services. She earned the distinction of National Board Certified Teacher as an Early Childhood Generalist. Hutchins serves as a professional mentor and facilitator working with candidates engaged in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards process and has done so for nearly two decades. Dr. Hutchins was honored as the Presidential Awardee for Math and Science Education. As a former WV Teacher of the Year, she currently collaborates with State, National, and International Teacher Networks.
Recently Hutchins served as Director of Education of The Data and Technology Fluency Project, an innovative process, with WLU’s Center for Arts and Education and the CREATE Lab of Carnegie Mellon University. The project’s relationship with Remake Learning is complimented by her membership in and support of WV’s Education Alliance and Laughlin Memorial Chapel serving students in WV.
As co-founder of We Are (Anti-Racist Educators), Hutchins facilitates collaboration with practitioners as they document their “warm demander” strategies and co-design emergent practices focused on equity and compassion in both formal and informal educational spaces. Her research is focused on the nexus of preparatory teacher education, teacher-student communication, and culturally relevant pedagogy in both white and multi-racial educational settings.