Listee Features — Education

Susan Stanard


Accruing 39 years of industry experience to her credit, Susan Parton Stanard is the director of choral ensembles and vocal studies and a professor of music at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, since 2002, as well as a performer in operas, concerts and recitals since 1982. She began her professional career as an adjunct professor of music at Jacksonville University in Florida in 1983, remaining in this position for 12 years. During this time, she also directed the chorus and orchestra at Mayport Junior High School, now known as Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School, in Atlantic Beach, Florida, from 1985 to 1987. Ms. Stanard then taught voice adjunctively at Florida State College at Jacksonville from 1999 to

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Providing many years of service to DuPage County, Illinois, as an environmental research technician for the Public Works Department, for the last 15 years, Janet L. Williams has served as an environmental chairwoman for local schools in DuPage County. In addition to her career, she has been a leader of the Environmental Club of the Churchill Elementary School since 1993. Ms. Williams has also served as an assistant troop leader and troop leader for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, as well as a youth leader and Sunday school teacher for the Community of Christ Church. Further associated with the Churchill Elementary School as co-coordinator of the annual Olympics Day, Ms. Williams became involved with the Girl

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Betty Gaddis


As an educator of many subjects including music, art and physical education, Betty H. Gaddis would play with the kids during recess instead of just letting them go haywire. She also did after-school activities and led the cheerleading squad for many years, helping them to win many trophies. Although she knew as far back as 5 years old that she’d be a teacher, her very first instructor, Miss Texi Rule, was who really inspired her to get into the career. Aside from Miss Rule, she also fondly recalls Dr. Warren Robbins at Union College, who was a guiding influence. Ms. Gaddis was the first member of her family to become a college graduate. She chose to become an educator because

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With more than 20 years of experience in education and consulting, Florence Batt Munuz has become an authority in her industry. Embarking on her career with the School District of Philadelphia, she first served as a teacher from 1957 to 1961 and a dental hygienist from 1961 to 1975. In 1977, she became a professor at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, a position she would hold until 2002. Ms. Munuz concluded her career in 2004, after 27 years as a consultant on child development at the Childcare Network of Evanston. What attracted Ms. Munuz to her profession as an educator was her family and upbringing because she was influenced by her grandmother, Ida, who was a teacher. Her

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An expert in English education, Lois J. Lamb’s mother was a school teacher, as well as her grandmother, and she felt that teaching was something she needed to do. Everybody told her that she should be a teacher. Her own English teacher, Ann Clarke, inspired her and motivated her because of her kindness, bringing English to life. Ms. Lamb began teaching within Kalamazoo Public Schools in Michigan in 1955, remaining in this role for one year before transferring to Niles Public Schools from 1956 to 1960 and Caledonia Community Schools from 1962 until her retirement in 1996. In addition to this tenure, she served on the steering committee for development with the North Kent Career Technical Center, representing Caledonia. Ms.

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Damaris Peters-Pike


Originally intending to be a public school music teacher/choral director, Damaris Porter Peters-Pike became and educator because she wanted them to have a full, well-rounded education, as well as their musical training. She feels they could make a greater impact on our culture if they are intellectually acute, as well as musically proficient. Ms. Peters-Pike taught a sixth-grade class with 80 children on the south side of Chicago, and started a chorus that traveled around and sang at other schools. At their rehearsals, she had a platform she would stand on so they could all see her. When she stepped down for a break, the students could visit with each other, but when she stood back up on the platform

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Lyn Dutson


Admiring the patience and ability to teach of her high school play director, Richard Hutchinson, Lyn Dutson was attracted to becoming a theater educator by her grandmother, who was one of the earlier teachers in Pennsylvania. Somehow theater, costumes, history and direction all came together, which further sparked her interest. She enjoyed directing and has worked with over 50 people. Ms. Dutson has been recognized as a professor emeritus of Mesa Community College in Arizona since 2010, previously serving the college as a faculty member for 40 years. Prior to this tenure, she lectured at Arizona State University from 1967 to 1968. Ms. Dutson’s responsibilities and course loads shifted depending on what institution or department she was working within at

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P.A. Arnold


Attributing her success to good teachers, P A Arnold is the daughter of a former teacher, Mattie Spear, who would teach in her classroom when she attended school. One of her teachers would come over to swap recipes with her grandmother after being her teacher all day. Her best friends, who were teachers in religious education, have also been her mentors. She began her professional career as a special education teacher at City Systems in Rockford and Warren, Michigan, in 1960, remaining in this position for seven years. During this time, she also began teaching dactylology and serving as a county advocate for the deaf, which she continues to do today. She then directed the Four-County Center for the Handicapped

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Leslie Hickcox


Backed by years of professional excellence and an educational background, Leslie K. Hickcox, EdD, most recently served as a program leader and site director for the YMCA public school programs and, currently, as a paraprofessional educator for Portland Public Schools since 2017. Prior to 2017, she has excelled as an agent for the Affordable Care Act and the Oregon Health Plan since 2013. Previously, she was the public health educator for Cowlitz County, Washington, in 2013. During this time, she taught a graduate course in educational service learning at Portland State University between 2009 and 2012. Leading a career in health education, physical education, human studies and communication studies, Dr. Hickcox also taught at Oregon State University, Marylhurst University, the

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Carol Eppright


An expert on the principles of economics, American history, leadership, western civilization and sociology, Carol A. Eppright became involved in her profession because, from a very early age, she felt a need to teach after receiving direction from her teachers. In fact, she often played school with her sister when they were younger. She was either going to be a teacher or a doctor, and she decided to be a teacher. Ms. Eppright began her professional career as a college instructor at Platte Technical Community College, now known as Central Community College, in Columbus, Nebraska, in 1970, remaining in this position for four years. She then transferred to Weatherford College in Texas, where she would remain until her retirement in

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