Jean Oden

Jean Oden

Title: Special Education Educator

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Jean Oden, Special Education Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.

Growing up, Dr. Oden watched her mother change lives as a teacher and it stuck with her as she pursued her own education. In her own career, Dr. Oden has helped students and their families, not only as an educator, but as a leader. Prior to retirement, she worked as a learning disability specialist at Harold Washington Elementary School, Englewood High School and the Phillips Academy High School. Furthermore, she has worked as a co-chair for Englewood High School and Philips Academy High School, as well as a special education consultant with the Chicago Board of Education. Early in her career, she provided Chicago area students with a quality education as a teacher.

In addition to her career as a special education teacher and leader, Dr. Oden has served on the committee to develop state testing for learning disability teachers since 1986. She has also been involved with the NAACP in various roles, including as secretary and education committee member of the Chicago Southside Chapter. Dr. Oden has been a delegate to South Africa, China, Oxford University, Vietnam and other countries and international organizations. Her work has blended into speaking engagements and advising on the United States Congressional Advisory Board.

In her own academic pursuits, Dr. Oden first earned a BE from the Chicago Teachers College in 1958. She continued at Chicago State University to receive an MEd in 1973 and then an EdD at National Louis University in 1995. She earned certifications in advanced studies and as a research professor in education and social policy. On a civic level, she has served as the secretary of the Chicago Southside Brand of the National Urban League since 1999. She has also been active as the State Chair for the African American Economic Development Task Force with the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus of the NAACP since 1992 and a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists since 1991. Furthermore, she has been active as a consultant pool for the National Juvenile Justice Resource Center since 1991. In 1978, the NAACP presented Dr. Oden with a Certificate of Merit. She has also received a Citizenship Award from the Mayor of Chicago and a Grantee of the Chicago Board of Education. Dr. Oden attributes her success to God and is grateful for every plan that has been laid out by Him.

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