Title: Secondary School Educator (Retired)
Location: Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Evelyn Downie Drake, Retired Secondary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English, writing and home economics.
Mrs. Drake was always encouraged to follow her interests. While in high school, her teachers, such as Ferne Billie, Bunnie Jackson and her principal pointed out her predilection and strengths in art and writing. It was upon their encouragement that she began to further develop the skills in these areas, ultimately making the decision to continue in higher education with the desire to mentor and teach others. What ensued was a career spanning more than four decades in education. Mrs. Drake started teaching at Saint Mark’s Pre-School in Casper, WY in 1965, and retired in 1997 after teaching at Jefferson County R-1 Schools in Colorado since 1972.
In order to become an educator, Mrs. Drake first earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics and education from the University of Wyoming in 1962. She continued her academic journey at the University of Northern Colorado to explore a different interest, receiving a Master of Arts in passive solar housing and interior design in 1980. Following this, Mrs. Drake took on postgraduate work at the University of Edinburgh and the Cambridge University. In her career, she also was a reporter for the Casper-Star Tribune, a teacher of home economics, an instructor at Casper College and a secretary at Pure Oil Company and Barnard Realty.
On a civic level, Mrs. Drake became involved as a teacher at the Lakewood Sister Cities Exchange Program to Miranda, New South Wales and Sutherlandshire, Australia. She has been a member of the Central Committee of the Jefferson County Democrats since 1989 and was a candidate on the Board of Directors for the Green Mount Townhouse Corporation. Furthermore, Mrs. Drake was the secretary of Delta Kappa Gamma from 2016 to 2018 and 2010 to 2012, and secretary of Phi Delta Kappa from 1995 to 2006. She served on the planning committee for the national conference of the National Council of Teachers of English and was involved with the Colorado Language Arts Society. In addition, Mrs. Drake was a faculty representative at the National Education Association, the Colorado Educators Association and the Jersey City Education Association.
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