Director of ODE Equity Unit, Oregon Department of Education

Markisha Smith joined the Office of Learning Equity Unit in August of 2013. She currently serves as Director for the Equity Unit. Her work is specifically focused on implementing best practices in culturally responsive pedagogy and closing opportunity/access/belief gaps for students of color, English learners, and students experiencing poverty across the state. Smith’s previous experience includes working as the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Warner Pacific College, an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University and Northern Michigan University, and a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas.