Listee Features — Education

CONSTANCE A. BIVENS

Steadfast in her belief in the importance of getting students started on the right foot, Constance Bivens has dedicated her career to teaching young children. She has found that kids’ relationships with school are formed early on, and that kids recognize and appreciate being in classrooms filled with love and respect. This is why she decided to focus on childhood education. Dr. Bivens personally really enjoyed school growing up; she always felt at home in the classroom and quickly learned to value hard work and the pursuit of knowledge. In her eyes, being able to pass on that passion was a blessing. To prepare for her journey, Dr. Bivens earned a Bachelor of Science from Vanterbilt University’s George Peabody College 

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EMILY MOORE

Taught from a young age to always do her best, Emily Moore has given her all to her career in physical education. She initially became interested in the field when she discovered she had a natural ability to be successful in team sports. Adding to her love for athletics was how the team spirit carried over to her personal life, leading her to set an “uncompromising standard of excellence.” Ms. Moore decided she wanted to pass on those values to others, so she obtained a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Morgan State University in 1965 and a Master of Science in education and counseling from Hofstra University in 1972, as well as certification in K-12 physical education. She

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FRANCES JANE WIRTH

Renowned as a teacher and psychologist, Frances Jane Wirth is proud of the impact she had on the students she worked with. Her goal was to help the children build the courage to improve and grow, so seeing their successes was a true joy. Ms. Wirth’s first job in the field was elementary education teacher at Decatur Public Schools, followed by elementary education teacher at River Trails District 26, teacher and research assistant at the Purdue Kephert Clinic for Autism, director of the graduate women’s residence hall at Purdue University, guidance counselor at School District 128, and dance teacher in Orland Park and Oak Forest, Illinois. She then became a school psychologist at School District 130 in Blue Island Illinois,

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AMY LYNN HOOVER

Although Amy Hoover did not start out intending to fly planes, she was hooked from the moment she stepped onto her first small aircraft. She was just out of graduate school and looking to have some adventures, and soaring through the skies certainly fit the bill. Dr. Hoover proceeded to obtain a private license in 1987 and to accept a job as a back-country air taxi pilot in Idaho in 1992. She then furthered her skills by becoming certified as a flight instructor and as a flight instructor instrument through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 1992 and 1995, respectively. This propelled her positions as a back-country flying instructor at FAA seminars in Challis, Idaho, a flight instructor in Boise,

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ANNIE BELLE HENRY

Raised by a village, Annie Belle Henry felt compelled to give back and make a difference in the lives of the youth. She felt the best way to do that was to pursue education, so she set out to earn a Bachelor of Science from Edward Waters Collee in 1964 and a Master of Arts from Florida A&M University in 1969. Dr. Henry later furthered her academic standing by obtaining a PhD from Florida State University in 1988. She also became a certified secondary teacher in the state of Florida and a member of the National Education Association. Dr. Henry’s first job in the field was secondary school teacher in the Bunnell, Florida, Department of Public Education. She quickly realized

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BECKY SISLEY

Inspired by very good professors and physical educators growing up, Becky Sisley was determined to make her mark on the field. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1961 and teaching for a year at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. Dr. Sisley then earned a Master of Science in physical education and a Doctor of Education from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1964 and 1973, respectively, and garnered more hands-on experience as an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also became certified as a national official for basketball, softball, volleyball, and field hockey, and as a national rating official for the United States Track and Field

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ANNE MONTAGUE BLYTHE

Dr. Anne Montague Blythe approached everything she did with open-heartedness, generosity, and joy. She credits her attitude to her success in her both her professional and personal endeavors. She is currently focusing her attention on her project, “The History, Mystery, Magic of the Dark Corner, South Carolina,” for which she has served as a historian and documentarian since 2006. Previously, however, Dr. Blythe garnered experience as a curator in the Upcountry History Museum, an educator in various public schools in South Carolina and abroad. One of the most memorable moments of Dr. Blythe’s career was teaching in Hong Kong. Her students loved learning about Southern literature, and they were so generous. Another professional highlight was when she stint in a

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TEMPLE GRANDIN

Coming from a non-agricultural background, Temple Grandin was fascinated when her mother remarried and brought a ranch into the family. There were not many women in the cattle industry at the time, but she was determined to prove herself. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a Master of Science in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Dr. Grandin’s first professional positions were livestock editor for Arizona Farmer Ranchman and equipment designer for Corral Industries. Her efforts in these capacities led her to step out as an independent consultant through Grandin Livestock Systems in Urbana, Illinois,

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BARBARA L. LOBRON

In pursuit of her passions, Barbara L. Lobron dedicated much of her life to her career. She started as a reporter and writer for the Camden Courier-Post right out of college, and really fell in love with the industry. Ms. Lobron worked hard to solidify her place after that. Her efforts led to her advancement through roles like editorial assistant of Medical Insight Magazine, managing editor of Camera 35 Magazine, associate editor of photographs for U.S. Camera/Camera 35 Magazine, account executive for Bozell & Jacobs, and freelance editor for Word Woman, as well as to her growing interest in photography. Ms. Lobron’s next positions, copy editor of Camera Arts Magazine, editorial coordinator of Popular Photography Magazine, and associate editor of

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CHARLOTTE A. YOUNGBERG

Growing up, Charlotte A. Youngberg loved school. It was a place of knowledge and growth, and she knew she wanted to be part of that community for as long as she was able. Dr. Youngberg set her sights on helping children, particularly those with special needs, gain from reading and writing, and over the next four decades, she consistently stepped up to the challenge. She started as an elementary teacher at Des Moines Individual School District and Glenview Public Schools, and advanced to positions like elementary teacher and psychological educational diagnostician at Schaumburg District Schools, supervisor of learning disabilities and behavior disorders at Springfield Public Schools, psycho-educational diagnostician at Barrington School District 220, educational strategist at Area Education Agency 7,

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