Joan Landenberger Trefts

Title: Principal (Retired)
Company: John Adams High School
Location: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States

Joan Landenberger Trefts, Retired Principal at John Adams High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and academic administration.

Ms. Trefts is a prominent and respected educator and administrator whose career has spanned more than four decades. Retiring from the industry in 2013, she most recently worked in several capacities for a variety of high schools, including John Adams High School, South High School, and Collinwood High School, where she served as a science teacher and inner city principal for all three schools from 1995 to 2013. Prior to these illustrious roles, she acted as a summer school principal for the three schools from 1972 to 1995. In addition, she frequently held the role of consultant for the Cleveland Partnership Program and was a trustee of both the Chautauqua Literacy and Science Circle and the Presbyterian Association of Chautauqua.

Ms. Trefts holds a bachelor’s degree from the Western College for Women and two master’s degrees from John Carroll University. She is a licensed home economist, supervisor, biological science educator, economics education, vocational educator and pre-kindergarten educator. Likewise, she has been certified as a principal by the New York State Education Department and Ohio Department of Education.

Throughout her career, Ms. Trefts has maintained affiliation with several prestigious organizations, including the National Society of the Dames of the Court of Honor, where she has been serving as president general since 2001, and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she has been serving as a state officer since 2000. She additionally remains associated with such societies as the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Association for Career and Technical Education, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, among others.

In recognition of her exceptional contributions to education, Ms. Trefts was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1994. Married to Albert Sharpe Trefts Sr. since 1952, she is also the proud mother of five children and two grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys curling, rug hooking and doing needlepoint. Notably, Ms. Trefts was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

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