Listee Features — Education

Gayle Michael


Earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Temple University in 1960, Gayle Granatir Michael, MA, BA, became certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania and embarked on her career as a teacher because she felt she had something she could give back to the kids of her community. She first served as a teacher and coach in the Media Borough School District in Pennsylvania from 1960 to 1963, before working in the same capacity at Woodrow Wilson High School from 1963 to 1966. Briefly spending time as a production manager with an advertising agency during her graduate studies at Saint Joseph’s University, she obtained a Master of Arts in 1967 and resumed teaching in the Norristown Area School District

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An artist for nearly her entire life, Eleanor “Ellie” Fuerst first started being recognized for her art in grade school, when she was chosen as a designated class artist to design things like class bulletins. During her pursuit of higher education, she was mentored by nationally renowned sculptor Henry DiSpirito while at Utica College and completed an internship at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs, New York. After operating her own art business for a while, she decided to seek out further education in order to better support her career as an artist. In 1972, she earned an Associate of Applied Science from Mohawk Valley Community College before obtaining a Bachelor of Education from the College of Saint

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Sharon Telleen


Holding considerable expertise in public health, research psychology and child development, Sharon L. Telleen, PhD, has excelled as an associate research professor emerita for the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2011, where she has also been a faculty affiliate in the department of psychology’s division of community and prevention research. Although she is retired, she remains active as a student mentor and gives presentations and lectures through Zoom. She also remains involved in research and has continued to publish articles in her field. First joining the University of Illinois as a research associate in the School of Public Health’s division of community health sciences, maternal and child health in 1983, Dr. Telleen became

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Nancy E. Hicks, PhD, has enjoyed teaching at the post-secondary level for over 30 years. She currently serves as a professor in the applied business communication program in the business information systems department in the College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University, where she began teaching in 1998. From 1987 to 1997, she served as a business professor at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Hicks is a member of several professional organizations. Her research record includes over 18 peer-reviewed journal article publications, one textbook, countless presentations, and training and consulting work. Connecting with her students has always been a driving force in and out of the classroom for Dr. Hicks. She has written hundreds of letters of

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Encouraged by her mother, Bertha Casey, to pursue a career that she loved, Jane Lynne Patton was drawn to the field of art education from an early age. First graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Point Loma Nazarene University in California, she served as a high school art teacher in San Diego, California, for a number of years and obtained Master of Arts from San Diego State University in 1975. Following this she moved to Texas, and was notably honored for excellence in art education with a feature in the limited first edition print of “Notable Women of Texas (1984-1985).” She retired in 2005, having served as an associate professor of art education at Texas Christian University since 2001.

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With an early interest in teaching, Karen S. Haller earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Missouri in 1956, having been a member of the university organization Mortar Board in 1955. She has also been very interested in the outdoors from a young age and involved herself with the Sophie M. Sachs Butterfly House early on as well. Thus armed with an expertise in butterflies, botany and nature study, she began her career as an elementary school teacher in the Ladue School District following her graduation in 1956. Over the course of her career, Ms. Haller also spent time in a number of additional roles, including as a hearing test technician for the Special School District

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Holding considerable expertise in continuing education and curriculum, Christie Neill McLeod, EdD, retired as the senior vice president of student services at Wake Technical Community College in 2005 after a long and successful career. She first earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, now known as the University of North Carolina Greensboro, in 1957. After spending time in the field, she went on to join the College of Education at North Carolina State University, where she obtained a Master of Science in adult and community college education in 1972 and a Doctor of Education in community college leadership in 1974. Dr. McLeod began her career working with the Girl Scouts of the

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Maire Liberace


Inspired by her friends, who were pursuing careers in nursing, Maire Mairead Liberace obtained a nursing degree in 1958 and began her career as an administrator at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. A health professional with the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin from 1960 to 1961, she is very proud of her early work in nursing, citing that she learned a lot from working with patients in an inner city hospital. In 1962, she came to the United States and began working as a health professional supervisor for the operating room at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, and later at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During this time, Ms. Liberace began doing work organizing management programs across the United

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Jacqueline Faber


First earning a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, with a minor in art and writing, from the University of San Francisco in 1965, Jacqueline Faber began her career as an elementary teacher in Marin County, California. Spending over two decades with the Wade Thomas School, she taught third grade and specialized in project based learning. She was also responsible for the gifted writing program for the entire Ross Valley School District. In 1999, she was presented with the Golden Bell Award for all of her achievements. Inspired by seeing how her students were impacted when they got to read, Ms. Faber was ultimately driven to write children’s books of her own. In 2015, Ms. Faber published her first book,

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Christina Jeffrey


Knowing from an early age that she wanted to be a writer or a teacher, Christina Fawcett Jeffrey began her studies at Vassar College in 1965. She then joined Plano University as a Richard M. Weaver fellow through the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969. Realizing that she could combine her interests by becoming a college professor, she continued her education at the University of Alabama, where she was a National Defense Education Act fellow from 1969 to 1972 and a graduate teaching assistant from 1970 to 1973, and earned a Master of Arts in 1973. Dr. Jeffrey remained at the University of Alabama for her doctoral studies and became certified as a water

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