Published on December 13th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Dr. Marshalynn Franklin; My Sister’s Keeper Awards Honoree
Pictured from left: Mary Miller McClellan, President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Columbia (SC) Chapter, Dr. Marshalynn Morgan Franklin, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. , Omega Gamma Omega Chapter, Jona’ Hodges and Alicia Barnes, ABC News Anchor and Mistress of Ceremonies for My Sister’s Keeper Awards Luncheon 2017.
You have seen what might be. Now go and make it so. (from The Spyglass by Richard Paul Evans)
Dr. Marshalynn Morgan Franklin is a mother, educator and leader with a passion for envisioning limitless possibilities and overcoming the status quo. A spirit of excellence and unrelenting determination permeates her personal, professional and civic experiences.
Raised in a rural community in a household where resources were limited, Franklin was motivated to excel and avoid the pitfalls typically associated with having a less-than-privileged lifestyle. In her first two years of formal schooling, Franklin struggled academically. With the help and encouragement of supportive parents, educators and community members, she soon blossomed, as evident by having been identified as an accelerated student and graduating fourth in her high school class. At the collegiate level, Franklin’s academic excellence continued. Franklin was a 1997 cum laude graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Two Master’s Degrees soon followed, one in Curriculum and Instruction and the other in Educational Administration. The crown jewel of Franklin’s academic experience was the conferring of a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Educational Leadership.
Franklin’s career began as a teacher with Beaufort County School District, where she was a Teacher Leader and a District Teacher of the Year Finalist (2004-2005). In 2005, Franklin joined the Richland School District Two family as an elementary assistant principal. Six years later, Franklin was named principal of Polo Road Elementary School. Under Franklin’s leadership, Polo Road’s State Report Card rating increased from Average to Excellent in just three years. Additionally, a two-way Spanish-English Dual Language Immersion program was implemented; the first of its kind in the Midlands, and the second of its kind in South Carolina. In January of 2017, Franklin was appointed to the role of Assistant Superintendent. She supervises the district’s magnet centers and ten of its elementary schools.
Franklin became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. while a student at Winthrop. She was a 1996 Leadership Fellow, an intense leadership development program provided by the Sorority for selected undergraduate members. Additionally, Franklin has served as chapter treasurer, vice president and chairman of multiple committees. Franklin’s most notable contribution to the Sorority is her leadership in establishing a graduate chapter in the Blythewood-Northeast Columbia Community. After three years of preliminary ground work, the Omega Gamma Omega Chapter was chartered in December 2015 with 70 members. The chapter’s membership has grown to 105, and Franklin serves as its president.
Franklin is a member of Agape Worship Center Church of God, where she serves as a Sunday School teacher. The highlight of Dr. Franklin’s life, however, is her two daughters, Morgan and Randi, ages fourteen and nine, respectively.