Dedicated and hardworking, Anne L. Ayers parlays more than five decades of professional excellence into her position in probate administration for the Court of Appeals for the states of California, Washington, and Maryland. She started her journey as a staff consultant in student development at Central Washington University, and continued on to become the director of the aerospace defense command resident education centers for North Dakota and Montana at Chapman University, instructor of psychology at Hampton University, and education service specialist for the General Education Development Center in Fort Monroe, Va. Ms. Ayers proceeded to join the U.S. Army Transportation school as an education specialist in 1977, the National Mine Health and Safety Academy (MSHA) as an education specialist in
Growing up in the country, Pamela Hallock Muller has always loved the outdoors. She knew she wanted a career that revolved around nature, and found oceanography to be a particularly appealing niche. Dr. Hallock Muller proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in zoology from the University of Montana in 1969 and both a Master of Science and PhD in oceanography at the University of Hawaii in 1972 and 1977, respectively, and to become a certified scientific diver. Her first position in the field was assistant professor of earth sciences at the University of Permian Basin, followed by associate professor of marine science at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She currently serves the latter school as a professor.
Encouraged to pursue education by her father, a school teacher, Joy Ann Dyer-Raffler is proud of her contributions to the field. She started as an art educator in the Tucson Unified School District in 1970 and remained with the school until her retirement in 2005. During her time there, she also served as a special education teacher, a special education diagnostician, and an exceptional education teacher. Ms. Dyer-Raffler really loved being able to impact the lives of so many students in her community. She … To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Dyer-Raffler earned a Master of Education in special education and a Master of Education in secondary education from The University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1976 and 1974, respectively. She
Education has always been a big part of T. Kay Kiser’s life. She comes from a family of teachers and scholars, and learned the importance of continuously pursuing knowledge at a young age. Her dream in high school was to use her resources to become a medical missionary to Africa, but life got in the way. Still interested in the sciences, however, Ms. Kiser decided to make the best of her situation and become an independent scholar. She was very good at analysis, particularly instrument analysis, and took pleasure in digging deep and discovering the truth about things. Over the years, Ms. Kiser garnered hands-on experience in positions like microbiologist for the South Carolina State Board of Health, teacher at
Inspired by her sister, who had Down syndrome, Sue Ellen Maltby has dedicated her life to psychology and special education. She started her professional journey as a psychology technician and psychologist at Central State Hospital in Georgia, and as a psychologist at the Georgia War Veterans Home. She then advanced to become a mental retardation specialist at the Albany Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in Georgia, the director of the residential program at the Colin Anderson Center in West Virginia, and a special education teacher in the West Virginia Department of Education. Now, Ms. Maltby is parlaying her decades of experience into her role as the lead teacher in the West Virginia Department of Education, which she has held since 1991.
In the eyes of Virginia Sparks Barnard, there is no greater delight than teaching bright, young children. She spent decades as a teacher for the gifted at the Lee County School Board before retiring in 2004, and loved the way the kids soaked up information like sponges. Her role included going from school to school and developing curriculum specific to the strengths and interests of the students, which made every lesson special and unique. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Barnard enjoys studying history and genealogy. She belongs to numerous lineage societies, including Daughters of the War of 1812 and Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, and is the president of The Southern Dames of America, the Pioneer Club of Lee
A 50-year veteran of the education industry, Arline Roth Brick is thrilled at her continued success in the field. Her first foray into academia was in high school, when she got a job as a day camp counselor and found she really liked the work. Ms. Brick knew she had to pursue it further, so she tutored at The Salvation Army and volunteered in an elementary school in the afternoon physical education programs during college. After college, she worked as a research associate in the education department at the University of Hartford and helped develop the vista program and the teacher core between the Hartford Board of Education and the Hartford School System. Ms. Brick is currently parlaying her experience
Growing up, Linn Cary Mehta was inspired by her father’s passion for teaching and for creating equality in society. She wanted to contribute in a similar way, and has worked hard to demonstrate the connection between poetry and politics in the world and how art can be a transformative force in society. She is also dedicated to bringing North and South America together on equal terms; spending a year in Peru during college really broadened her worldview. Currently, Dr. Mehta is pursuing her goals at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where she has worked as an instructor since 2012, and at Barnard College, where she has worked as a lecturer in the English Department since
A veteran of the education industry, Nancy Morris is known for her honesty, trustworthiness, and fairness. She spent 30 years teaching business at Berlin Central School in New York, and 11 years teaching business as an adjunct professor at Empire State College and Hudson Valley Community College. Although she retired in 2014, she remains active as a member of the New York State Business Education Teachers Association. During her time at the high school, Ms. Morris also served as the coach of the junior varsity and varsity cheerleading squads, the junior varsity and varsity ladies soccer teams, and the varsity ladies softball team. One of the highlights of her career actually revolved around her athletic endeavors. Many years ago, a
Driven by her desire to help others, Bonita Yvonne Jones Manson has spent decades working in academia and nutrition. Her first professional positions were nutrition specialist for the City of Riverside, Calif., and program representative for the University of California Cooperative Extension, followed by adjunct instructor at Chaffey College and teaching assistant at Kansas State University. Dr. Manson then became an assistant professor at Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and South Carolina State University, and the interim chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at South Carolina State University. Although she retired in 2016, she still teaches online courses. To further share her knowledge, Dr. Manson authored a number of books and articles for professional