Listee Features — Education

Maureen Massie-Bales


Wanting to teach from a young age, Maureen T. Massie-Bales knew as soon as she started kindergarten that that was what she wanted to do. She began her professional career as a first-grade teacher within the North St. Francois County School District in Bonne Terre, Missouri, in 1977, remaining in this position for a decade before becoming a fourth-grade teacher within the Lindbergh School District in St. Louis from 1987 to 1989. She then instructed teaching methods at Central Methodist College of Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Missouri, from 1991 to 2001, while also teaching kindergarten through third grade and fifth grade within the Farmington School District from 1998 to 2001. Following this, she taught gifted education within the

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Growing up in Colorado, Sharon D. Sherwood has always loved the outdoors and wanted to work outdoors. However, at that time, a woman’s profession was destined to be either a teacher, librarian or nurse. She has had many highlights throughout her career, but to realize her dream of becoming a park forester and being able to make it come true was a major highlight. Ms. Sherwood began her professional career as an instructor at Griffin Business College in Bellevue, Washington, in 1987, remaining in this position before becoming an accountant at Mended Hearts #143 in Redmond, Washington, from 1987 to 1989 and marketing intern at the American Red Cross in Seattle in 1989. During this time, she was the site

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Working to support her four children, Virginia “Ginger” C. Opoczenski Whittington’s father immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1910 in order to avoid serving in the Russian Czar’s Army. Ironically, he became a citizen by volunteering as a member of the American Army Artillery and saw action in World War I. Her mother’s parents also immigrated from Poland in about 1900, before their marriage and her birth as the oldest child of nine in 1903 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. Ms. Whittington was interested in teaching Spanish, which was her major, and it fit in with her children’s schedule with having summers off. Once she got into it, she learned to be an effective teacher and she could understand how

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Shifting from teaching speech and drama to speech, musical theater and stagecraft, Donna A. Hayes White began her professional career as a teacher at various high schools and a junior high school in Pennsylvania in 1961, remaining in this position for 11 years before transferring to teach in Hillsborough County, Florida, from 1972 to 1974. She then taught at Gibbs High School in Pinellas County, Florida, from 1974 until her retirement in 2005. In addition to this tenure, Ms. White sponsored the International Thespian Society from 1974 to 2005 and was president of the Pinellas Association for Theatre Education for several terms, as well as the Treasure Island Historical Society from 2005 to 2017. During this time, she served on

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Valerie Schneider


An expert in persuasion, much of the work of Valerie L. Schneider, PhD, was always related primarily to teaching or learning. She chose communications as her teaching field because it conveys concepts and skills crucial to success in most professions and relational situations. She began her professional career as the director of forensics and drama and a teacher of English and history at Montello High School in Wisconsin in 1963, remaining in these roles for a year before joining the University of Florida in Gainesville as a speech instructor from 1966 to 1968 and assistant professor of speech from 1969 to 1970. Dr. Schneider then transferred to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania from 1970 to 1971, and served East Tennessee State

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A second-generation Irish immigrant, the family of Judith E. Day, PhD, valued education, which prompted her to pursue a career in education as a teacher. It is her belief that education is the most important thing in the world. She had encouragement not only from her mother, but from her kindergarten teacher who would take the time and sit with her one-on-one reading so she could always be ahead. Her second-grade teacher also helped her know the importance of education. Dr. Day began her career as a special education teacher in Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1978, remaining in this position for a decade before teaching reading and working in student support services at the University of New Hampshire. Years later,

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Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin


Learning firsthand the advantages and drawbacks of distance delivery in the early years of online delivery, Cynthia Blodgett-Griffin, PhD, became involved in distance education when her graduate assistantship included the first distance delivery of teacher training via satellite. Since then, she has served as an online adjunct professor and online course materials editor for the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada, for the past 14 years. Dr. Blodgett-Griffin chose online distance education because the students are a different sort, motivated and purpose-driven, and trying to balance full lives with graduate school. Their lives include a dream of attaining a graduate degree and moving on to achievements that are currently out of reach. The opportunity to be

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The daughter of a philosopher and feminist mother, Karen I. Margulies-Green focuses her career on women’s issues and achievements. She served as a private practice psychotherapist at Green Associates in Washington, DC, beginning in 1968, which she maintained for over 50 years until July 2019, and has also worked as a private practice clinical psychologist in Washington since 1972. During this time, Ms. Margulies-Green served as an English teacher at the Maryland School of Art and Design in Wheaton in 1980. Pursuing a role as a psychology consultant, she consulted for Providence Hospital from 1981 to 1982, New Ventures, Inc., in Bowie, Maryland, in 1984, Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, in 1985, Behavioral Factors, Inc., from 1986 to 1989 and

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Joan Tatum


Passionate about her students’ success, Joan J. Tatum’s philosophy was that if you feel that you want to teach, then the subject matter was not as important than being able to teach. Beginning her career in dance and education, she felt it did not matter whether it was a ballet arabesque or a technology computer program; she had a passion for sharing whatever her knowledge was with others, and teaching was the logical way to do that. Her mother did not have much formal education, but was passionate about its importance so education was where she felt she belonged. Ms. Tatum started her professional life as a substitute teacher within the Sarasota Public School District in Florida in 1966, remaining

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Mary Morgan


Specializing in collection development, Mary D. Morgan became involved in her profession from her mother, who inspired her to go into teaching. She was always attracted to the library because of her high school mentor, Idele Wilson. When she moved to Kentucky, there were no school library positions available so she went into the classroom. After she retired from education, she went into social work. Overseeing a team of nine inmates, Ms. Morgan currently serves as a librarian at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky, since 2000. She began her professional career in the same position within Ascension Parish Schools in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in 1966, remaining in this role for two years before transferring to Jefferson County Schools

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