Title: Bilingual Librarian, Educator
Company: Philadelphia Area Libraries
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Magna Diaz, Bilingual Librarian, Educator at Philadelphia Area Libraries, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of library studies and education.
With a passion for education that breaks language barriers, Ms. Diaz has done extraordinary work as a bilingual librarian. She spent the majority of her career working at and improving various libraries in the Philadelphia area before her retirement in 2013. She speaks Spanish and English with a grace that illuminates the minds of her students and has championed essential library renovations. Ms. Diaz began her career as a keeper of knowledge when she received a fellowship from a joint grant Temple University and Rutgers University designed for bilingual people to continue their studies in this area. With a Master’s degree in bilingual studies, Ms. Diaz has been a bilingual storyteller and librarian for the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Community College of Philadelphia as well as a curriculum specialist of Latino-American studies at various school libraries.
Ms. Diaz cherishes her time as a bilingual librarian of nearly 30 years and fondly remembers her time as an educator. She worked at Kensington High School and at Frankford High School where she aided in library renovations for both institutions. Furthermore, Ms. Diaz served as an invaluable consultant for a $200,000 library renovation and concluded her career at Edison High School. She delights in maintaining contact with those whom she worked with as well as previous students and is proud of the positive change she has affected.
Never one to limit herself, Ms. Diaz holds membership with numerous organizations and has authored works such as “What We Want to Tell You,” “The Writings on the Wall” and has contributed articles to professional journals. She has been affiliated with esteemed organizations such as the Alpha Delta Kappa, the International Honorary Organization for Women Educators and is a Rotary Member of the North Philadelphia Madrugadores. As a testament to her success, Ms. Diaz has been honored with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.
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