Listee Features — Education


An expert in psychosocial cultural functioning, Anne E. Bashore is renowned as a nursing educator and has more than 35 years of distinguished service to her field. As a child living in England, she studied ballet and wanted to dance professionally until a school assignment sparked her interest in nursing. She subsequently graduated from the Maumee Valley School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio, in 1964. She further obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Medical College of Ohio in 1987. Ms. Bashore is specialized in psychiatric nursing and burn care. From 1970 to 1971, Ms. Bashore worked as a staff nurse for Libbey Glass in Toledo. She served at the Saint Vincent Medical Center of Toledo as a

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Noomi Katz


After much deliberation and experimentation, Noomi Katz, PhD, OTR, found a field in which she loved to work – occupational therapy. She excels as the chair of the Research Center at Ono Academic College in Kiryat Ono, Israel, with which she has served since 2007. Prior to this appointment, she gained valuable expertise as a professor and the chairman of the graduate programs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s School of Occupational Therapy from 1990 to 2002. Throughout her career, Dr. Katz has honed her knowledge in identifying and treating cognitive and developmental issues, particularly in children and young adults afflicted with autism. Although her professional journey has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of pursuing graduate and

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Jane McDonald


With more than 40 years of professional experience, Jane A. McDonald, EdD, was an associate professor with George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from 1999 to 2008, having been an associate professor with the George Washington University in Washington from 1989 to 1999. Prior to obtaining these roles, she was assistant superintendent of schools with the Niskayuna Central School District in New York from 1988 to 1989, an executive fellow with the National Academy of School Executives and the American Association of School Administrators from 1987 to 1988, and a high school principal with the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado from 1984 to 1987. Earlier in her career, Dr. McDonald was a high school administrator with the Fairfax County

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Dorothy Benner


Supported by a wealth of professional experience and education, Dorothy Spurlock Benner excelled as a teacher for over 40 years. Earlier in her career, she worked as a telephone operator with Mountain Bell in 1957. Soon thereafter, she served as a secretary for Connecticut Mutual Life from 1960 to 1961. Subsequently, Ms. Benner earned a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University’s College of Education in 1962, and was a substitute teacher with School District 6 and the outlying districts in Greeley, Colorado, between 1962 and 1967. Furthermore, Ms. Benner obtained a Master of Arts from Colorado State University in 1968. Following this accomplishment, she found success as a full teacher with School District 6 from 1968 to 2002. Moreover,

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Aileen A. Hendricks Couvillion, PhD, is renowned as an actor, director and theater educator with a career spanning more than 45 years. As a child, she wanted to become the world’s greatest actress. Against the advice of her father, she auditioned for a repertory company on Long Island, New York, and began a career in touring productions. Dr. Hendricks Couvillion initially pursued an education at the University of Texas at Austin, completing undergraduate coursework. She continued her studies at Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and theater in 1971 and a Master of Arts in English and theater in 1974. She subsequently obtained a PhD in English, speech and theater at Louisiana State University in 1988.

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Patricia Walker


Now retired from a successful career in education after 20 years, Patricia Barnes Walker, PhD, was a teacher, assistant principal and principal for the Virginia Public School System and a state supervisor for the Virginia Department of Education in Richmond between 1967 and 1987. She subsequently held adjunct faculty appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. During her tenure as an instructor, Dr. Walker also excelled as a consultant and trainer for Allied Corporation in Petersburg, Ohio, and for the Virginia Department of General Services in Richmond. Following her departure from education, Dr. Walker and her husband owned their own business, the Aquarian Bookshop, between 1997 and 2004. Following this period, she became

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Maryann Berry


After accepting the Lord as her savior, Rev. Maryann Berry began a career in ministry, culminating in her current roles as a pastor and the dean of the School of Biblical Studies at the John 3:16 Christian Center in Union Vale, New York, of which she has been affiliated since 1991. Additionally, she has been active as the host of the Becoming a Woman of God Women’s Conference since 2006 and the co-host of the Christian TV broadcast “Faith for Today” since 2009, as well as the co-host of another Christian radio broadcast from 2005 to 2009. Apart from her work in ministry, Rev. Berry works as the local director of New Life Diet Free Life, of which she is

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Jacquetta Anderson Davis has accumulated more than 38 years in education as an English language educator and curriculum writer for English as a second language at the East Windsor Regional School District in Hightstown, New Jersey. Hired by the school district in 1981 just after completing a bachelor’s degree, she also spent 15 years as a missionary and evangelist at various churches throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey between 1975 and 1990. Additionally, she spent one year as a foreign missionary on the Fiji Islands through the United Missionary Fellowship Inc., in Sacramento, California, during 1978. Outside of her full-time commitments in the classroom, Ms. Davis was involved with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Association, where

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An expert on the subject of English language arts, Marsha Grunberg Pollack initially wanted to be a psychologist many years ago. Her mother talked her out of it, helping her realize that she loves to teach and likes children. When she was a child, she would take the other kids outside, open a little school and teach them. Ms. Pollack wanted to be so many different things, but it all surrounded some form of teaching. At one point, she even wanted to work with convicts. Ultimately, teaching was the best, safest kind of profession with summers off. Ms. Pollack began her professional career as a teacher with the New York City Department of Education in Brooklyn and Queens in 1968,

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Maria Matlack


Maria T. Matlack is renowned as an educational administrator with more than 35 years of service to her field. Since childhood, she knew she wanted to be a teacher, and positively remembers her time peer-tutoring other students. She subsequently pursued an education at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1982. Ms. Matlack concluded her studies with a Master of Education at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township in 1988. From 1982 to 1993, Ms. Matlack worked as a resource program teacher at F.L. Walther School in Lumberton, NJ. She served at Lumberton Middle School as a resource program teacher from 1993 to 2004, at which point she refocused her career

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