Ever since she was young, Dr. Zema L. Jordan has loved English, writing, and language. She was driven to help others find that same passion, and found education to be the perfect way to do so. Her first position in the field was instructor of English at Liberty High School, followed by instructor of English and part-time guidance counselor at Wilson Junior High School and instructor of English at Southwestern High School. She then advanced to become the head of the English Department at Farwell Junior High School and the administrative unit head at Richard Middle School. Today, Dr. Jordan holds the positions of part-time English instructor at Wayne County Community College, administrative unit head at Von Steuben Middle School, and curriculum consultant at the Professional Growth Center of Detroit Public Schools and Wayne State University. She hopes to be remembered as someone who inspired her students to strive to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
To prepare for her endeavors, Dr. Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State University (now Tennessee State University) and a PhD and a Master of Education from Wayne State University. She also became affiliated with prominent professional organizations like the Metropolitan Detroit Reading Council, the Michigan Council of Teachers of English, Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators, the Organization School Administrators and Supervisors (OSAS), and the TESOL International Association, among others.
When Dr. Jordan has free time, she enjoys piano, reading, and exercise. Additionally, she has been involved as a volunteer leader of the Junior Great Books Discussion Group since 1983.