Title: Educator (Retired)
Location: Memphis, New York, United States
Gloria Manuel Woolson, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Inspired by her high school guidance counselor who recommended she consider the field, Ms. Woolson found that education was a natural fit for her skillset. She started out by earning a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1965, and immediately jumped into her industry, securing a position as a fifth-grade teacher at Auburn Enlarged City School District that same year. From 1966 to 2002, she served as a sixth-grade teacher and a third-grade teacher at the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, at which point she transitioned from elementary education to higher education. Ms. Woolson became an adjunct teacher at Cayuga Community College in 2004 and Onondaga Community College in 2007, and stayed in both roles until 2014. In 2015, she returned to Onondaga Community College as a tutor, and in 2017, she returned to Cayuga Community College as an adjunct teacher of an English course. While working, she furthered her own education with a Master of Arts in curriculum development from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1985.
Ms. Woolson’s background and training would have allowed her to teach a wide variety of subject, but she focused on her passions in elementary academics and English. She also taught a noncredit course that was mandatory for some students before they could take regular English classes, and was responsible for showing them study skills and other things they didn’t get out of high school. Ms. Woolson was proud of the impact she had on those around her, and she considers the highlight of her career having students come back and call her their favorite teacher. Additionally, she was honored to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award from the School of Education at Syracuse University and the Special Service Award from the Onondaga County Teachers Association.
Although Ms. Woolson is now retired, she remains active with the Plainville United Church of Christ, and would be willing to get back into teaching if the right job comes along. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, antiques, exercise, and reading.
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