Listee Features — September 21, 2018


Passionate and hardworking, Jacqueline Ruth Johnson has dedicated her life to bettering the lives of others. She started her career as a staff nurse at Beth Israel Medical Center in 1970, and quickly garnered a reputation for excellence, particularly in psychiatry and psychology. This led her to advance rapidly through the institution, moving through roles like charge nurse, assistant head nurse, clinic nurse, alcohol outpatient coordinator, and alcohol rehabilitation nurse. Ms. Johnson then decided to step out on her own, using everything she learned to open a private practice. There, she focused on working with recovering alcoholics and their families. One of the things that enabled her to last for 14 years in this capacity was the fact that she

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Seeing the smiles on the faces of her students drove Mary E. Johnson as she navigated her positions at the Hazelwood School District. She spent her entire career there; from 1971 to 1993, she served as a teacher and from 1989 to 1991, she served as a positive intervention teacher. Ms. Johnson emphasized kindness, energy, and attitude in her classroom, and worked hard to ensure the material was relatable and understandable to everyone. She even created some of her own materials, like the play, “Say No to Drugs,” and the book, “Secret Study Skills for Third Graders.” Ms. Johnson wanted to be someone the children could come to and trust. She retired in 1993. Ms. Johnson prepared for her endeavors

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Growing up, Edith White always loved going to school. She was taught the value of education at an early age; her father was the superintendent of a high school in Mississippi, and he always had other teachers over the house. She wanted to contribute to that community, so she studied at Perkinston Junior College in 1968 and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1970. During her studies, Ms. White was required to accrue hands-on experience as a student teacher. She was placed with a woman who quit before the end of the year, so Ms. White was asked to take over the class. She accepted the proposition, her first job in the field, and

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