Title: Retired Secondary School Educator
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Joyce Wellborn Cox, Retired Secondary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Teaching.
Generations of students across America have known Ms. Cox over her 42 years of elementary education, and her tuition has even taught for one brief year at the Northwest University in Xian, China. She has taught primarily in social studies and English, and before retiring in 2007 she transitioned into operations management and accounting with the Heartland Community Credit Union. Today, Ms. Cox is an active chairperson of community benefit at the Aldersgate Retirement Community, a representative of SPARK at the Aldersgate Resident’s Council, and a diplomat of the Optimist Club. Since 1974, she has been an associate of the Missouri National Education Association. For many years of service to education, Ms. Cox was named a Marquis Who’s Who Industry Expert and recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Marquis Who’s Who Humanitarian Award.
Ms. Cox has appeared in the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. She got her start in Crossnore, North Carolina, born to Joseph Marion and Flossie Rebecca Wellborn. Ms. Cox is an alumna of Emory & Henry College, and earned a MA from the Appalachian State University in 1957. She entered the field as a seventh grade teacher in North Carolina, and went on to Florida and Tennessee before joining the Center High School in Kansas City, Missouri, as a social studies teacher from 1963 to 1991. That year, she traveled on a Fulbright Commission to Nove Mesto nad Vahom in the Czech Republic as an English teacher, before returning to Center High until 1994. She taught for another year in China, before joining the Community Credit Union and retiring in 2007.
Ms. Cox has been a leader all her life, and was co-president of the Christian Student Movement at Emory & Henryu. Other notable roles include membership with the Leadership Conference and the Political Science Club of Center High, and a role on the advisory board for the Committee for Citizenship Education of the Missouri Bar Association. She taught as an adjunct with Avila University, and is a former two-time president of the Red Bridge Lioness Club. Her visit to Xian, the sister city of Kansas City, coincided with her involvement in People to People International as a leader. Ms Cox has received numerous awards, including a 2011 Peace Builder Award from Global and Multicultural Education, as well as 1988 Teacher of the Year from the Missouri Council for the Social Studies. In her free time, she enjoys travel, photography, and genealogy.
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