Title: Elementary School Educator
Company: Bridges to Learning
Location: Tijeras, New Mexico, United States
Virginia Belk, Principal and Owner at Bridges to Learning, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in elementary school education.
Invested in cultivating the minds of others, Dr. Belk has spent her career in the field of education, specializing in multicultural education. She was inspired to pursue teaching by her younger brother’s inexperienced teacher because she wanted to use her knowledge to offer people a positive education experience rather than the negative experience her brother had undergone. For two years, Dr. Belk was allowed to complete an informal pilot of bilingual education for Navajo children who attended school with little knowledge of English. She considers a career highlight to be spending time with the students, most of whom were young boys who were under her instruction for five years. Upon the students’ graduation, the students each shook Dr. Belk’s and expressed appreciation for her kindness and educational prowess. In preparation for her influential career, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from William Jewell College in 1959, a Master of Arts from New Mexico State University in 1983 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of New Mexico in 1994. Furthermore, Dr. Belk earned a certification in elementary education as well as teaching English as a second language endorsement, both from Arizona.
Dr. Belk has served as the principal and owner of Bridges to Learning in Albuquerque, NM, since 1995 as well as a teacher for Albuquerque public schools from 2001 to 2003 and again from 2006 to 2009 among other positions. In recognition of her influence, she has held membership with several esteemed organizations including the National Education Association, the International Association of Cognitive Education, Teachers for English as Second Language and Alpha Delta Kappa. Additionally, Dr. Belk is an accomplished writer, receiving the Golden Poet Award multiple times and authoring numerous works numerous works including, but not limited to, “Changing Teacher Strategies, Approaches and Methods” and “English for Navajos.” Furthermore, Dr. Belk has been affiliated with the Rio Grande Presbyterian Church as a choir member, liturgist, worship committee member, volunteer and a substitute food bank distributor since 1994 and looks forward to the start of a three year term as a deacon for the First Presbyterian Church, of Albuquerque, NM, in 2019. In recognition of her success, Dr. Belk has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who of American Women.
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