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Long-time Douglas County middle school teacher dies in auto wreck

Dr. Priscilla Marshall commuted to Turner Middle School in Lithia Springs daily from her home in Anniston, Ala.

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. — A long-time teacher in the Douglas County School System, 63-year-old Dr. Priscilla Marshall, died on Sunday, Oct. 13, following an automobile accident, according to a report from the Douglas County Sentinel.

Marshall was a 7th-grade social studies teacher at Turner Middle School in Lithia Springs, who commuted daily from her home in Anniston, Alabama.

According to her biography, Marshall's educational journey began more than 40 years ago. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1977, followed by a master's degree in elementary education from Jacksonville State University and a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2018.

Turner Middle School principal Darron Franklin told the Douglas County Sentinel that Marshall had made such a difference in the lives of students and adults for more than a decade at the school that he even received a call from a parent upset at not receiving notification of her passing.

Franklin told the Douglas County newspaper that Marshall had retired from teaching in Alabama before coming to teach in Douglas County.

In September, Marshall was named the Turner Middle School teacher of the year. In the biographical sketch that accompanied that award, Marshall was described as an innovator and motivator.

"While placing emphasis on increasing attendance and improving discipline, Dr. Marshall believes that building students’ self-esteem and self-efficacy is important to their overall growth," the biography said, in part. "She makes it her priority to share love beyond her teaching assignments with all students to ensure that they are safe and have a sense of belonging in school."

Franklin went on to tell the Douglas County Sentinel that Marshall was a woman of faith who demonstrated it in her everyday life and that she will be dearly missed.


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