Title: Language Educator, Writer
Company: Mohawk Area School District
Location: Paoli, Pennsylvania, United States
Virginia “Ginger” C. Opoczenski Whittington, Language Educator and Writer at the Mohawk Area School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in language education.
Demonstrating versatility and dedication to her field, Ms. Whittington most recently served as a teacher of Latin, English and Spanish at the Mohawk Area School District in Bessemer, PA, from 1975 until her retirement from the industry in 1996. Prior to this illustrious appointment, she was both an instructor of Spanish at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and a teacher of Spanish at the Villa Maria Academy High School in Malvern, PA, from 1972 to 1975. She commenced her career as a teaching assistant in Spanish at the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. During this time, she lent her expertise to the Vindicator Newspaper of Youngstown, OH, as a freelance writer and vacation reporter for five years.
Ms. Whittington holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University, where she also served as the society editor for the Daily Collegian from 1952 to 1953. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was instrumental in restoring the teaching of Polish during the Cold War at the university. Under the guidance of a professor in the department of Eastern European languages, she advertised the prospective language class in the school newspaper, thus prompting more than 25 students to sign up for the class. Classes in Polish still resume at the university to this day.
The recipient of a Master of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Education from Westminster College, Ms. Whittington is certified in secondary education, Spanish, Latin, English and social studies. She also completed coursework through the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Equally passionate about local politics, she was the former president of the national board political planning committee of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Women’s Political Caucus for a decade, having also served as president of the League of Women Voters in Lawrence County, PA, in the mid-to-late 1960s. Attributing her success to hard work and persistence, Ms. Whittington is an honorary member of several honor societies and has been highlighted in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who of American Women.
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