Listee Features — February 13, 2018

BERTINA IOLIA WILSON

Motivated by her aunt, a teacher who insisted that all of her nieces and nephews attend college, Bertina Wilson began her professional journey at Newark State College. She hoped to follow in her aunt’s footsteps and, after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from the institution in 1960, immediately found a job as a teacher for the Newark Board of Education. She spent 17 years in the role before being promoted to project coordinator, and another 18 before advancing to vice principal of Newark Public Schools. During her time there, Ms. Wilson implemented a program in the 1980s that allowed computers in the classrooms; she went to various companies in the community and asked them to donate computers that would have

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