Listee Features — Education

Peggy Edwards

PEGGY P. EDWARDS

With many years of professional experience in bilingual education and immigration services, Peggy P. Edwards serves as the founder and the president of the Publishing Club of Laguna Woods, which was established in 2013. Over the years, she has authored a number of books regarding English and Spanish education, including “Alfabeto Crossover Alphabet” and “Lalalandia.” Additionally, through the aforementioned publishing company, she has released five editions of “Village Stories,” an anthology of stories, memoirs and poems written by members of the Village Publishing Club. As a child, Ms. Edwards taught English to a friend, which inspired her love of teaching and, as such, the entirety of her career. Prior to her tenure with the Publishing Club of Laguna Woods, Ms.

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BILLIE T. KETCIOS ZUMO

Leading a long and successful career as a biologist and educator, Billie T. Ketcios Zumo retired in 1999 from Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after more than three and a half decades of excellence. She formerly taught for five years at Carey Junior High School in Cheyenne and for one year as an English language teacher at McCormick Junior High School in Cheyenne. Additionally, Ms. Zumo held a faculty appointment at Laramie County Community College as a biology educator. Initially, Ms. Zumo became involved in her profession because she had aspirations of becoming a doctor. After her older sister received a college degree, she felt she could not go on to become a doctor, as it would be too

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Kathryn Froiland

KATHRYN G. FROILAND

Senior oncology nursing educator Kathryn G. Froiland has found success with Tesaro, a public pharmaceutical company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, which focuses on drug development for cancer. Hired in 2015 as an oncology nurse educator, the company was acquired by Glaxo Smith Kline in 2018. She formerly taught for GSK as an oncology clinical nurse educator between 2003 and 2015. She was also a program director of the wound ostomy continence nurse education program, a senior wound ostomy continence nurse and a senior nurse instructor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Likewise, Ms. Froiland has held various nursing positions in Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic Foundation, the Methodist Hospital, and the University of Minnesota Hospitals

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Suzanne Riskin

SUZANNE L. RISKIN

Harboring an affinity for medicine and teaching since coming of age, Suzanne I. Riskin, MD, garnered inspiration for her future career from her parents. The daughter of a physician and a teacher, she recognized the sense of fulfillment that comes from treating and educating others. Combining these two qualities, Dr. Riskin resolved to embark upon a professional career that would ultimately culminate in her success as a medical instructor. Initially enrolling at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Riskin graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and folklore in 1998. She subsequently completed additional coursework in pre-medicine. Concluding her academic efforts in 2007, Dr. Riskin obtained an MD from the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Furthermore, she completed

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PAULA R. CAPLINGER

Having led a successful career of over 35 years as a schoolteacher, Paula R. Caplinger garnered a laudable reputation as a teacher on behalf of the Sacramento City Unified School District. Hired by the district in 1973 as a traveling instrumental music teacher, she later began teaching full time in 1974 and maintained activity in this role until her retirement in 2008. During the course of her tenure, Ms. Caplinger co-coordinated the Pacific Telesis Shared Decision Making Project at Will C. Wood Middle School and was a member of the restructuring committee of the Sacramento City Unified School District. A talented musician, Ms. Caplinger first played the trumpet for the Sacramento Valley Wind Ensemble between 1986 and 1991. She also

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Katherine Musat

KATHERINE G. MUSAT

Initially, Katherine G. Musat wanted to pursue a career in medicine as a doctor. However, in the summer between her sophomore and junior years of high school, she realized her father wouldn’t be able to afford medical school. She was a great musician and she just pressed forward with that. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, she initially earned a Bachelor of Music in education in 1966. She concluded her academic efforts with a Master of Education from Mount St. Joseph University in 1988. A certified teacher in the State of Ohio, Ms. Musat has most recently excelled as a part-time music educator at Baldwin Wallace University since 1985. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Musat served as the director of

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PEGGY J. MUELLER

Peggy J. Mueller attended the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in home economics and child development in 1974. From 1972 to 1980, she garnered experience as a dance teacher at numerous schools, including the Shirley McPhail School of Dance, Texas A&M University, Sul Ross State University and the Jean Tarlton School of Dance. From 1980 to 2010, Ms. Mueller held a position as a dance teacher at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin, and, since 1980, she has worked as a dance teacher at the Jean Mueller School of Dance. Since 1972, she has dedicated her time as the recreation chairperson of the St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and a

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VALERIA A. FORD

After gaining 40 years of valuable expertise in the field of education, Valeria A. Ford, PhD, retired from her role as an assessment and accountability specialist for the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, she is responsible for reviewing all state assessments plans and giving approvals to them. Over the years, she gained valuable expertise in the industry as director of testing for District of Columbia Public Schools, testing specialist in Norfolk, Virginia, director of testing at Norfolk State University, and assessment specialist with the Maryland and Virginia State Departments of Education. Dr. Ford began her work in educational testing assessments because she was concerned with how test results would limit opportunities for Black individuals. Realizing the disparity between

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Jan Heyn-Cubacub

JAN J. HEYN-CUBACUB

Having accrued more than four decades of inimitable experience in the field of performing arts, Jan J. Heyn-Cubacub has garnered a laudable reputation as a dancer, choreographer and educator. The daughter of a professional tap dancer, she studied ballet while coming of age and has always been possessed of a natural aptitude for the visual arts. She enrolled as an art student at Northern Illinois University in 1974. Quickly realizing that her talents were stronger than what the school’s fine arts program could support, Ms. Heyn-Cubacub transferred to the University of Illinois, where she attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance in 1978. From 1976 until 1978, Ms. Heyn-Cubacub found success as a dance captain at Marriott’s Great America

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JUDITH A. MARLOWE

For nearly 40 years, Judith A. Marlowe has excelled as an expert in audiology. Prior to the start of her illustrious career, she attended Thomas More College, and earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in French and English in 1969. Soon thereafter, she received a Master of Arts in audiology and speech pathology from the University of Cincinnati in 1971. Furthermore, Dr. Marlowe secured a PhD in behavioral science from Walden University in 1986. Whilst receiving academic degrees, she became a licensed audiologist in the State of Florida, and received a certification in clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech & Hearing Association. Additionally, Dr. Marlowe became certified in business quality improvement process management in 1994. Since 2017,

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