Joanne Josefa Marino Romeo-Schaffer

Title: Mathematics Educator, Department Chair (Retired)
Company: Washburn High School
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Joanne Josefa Marino Romeo-Schaffer, Retired Mathematics Educator and Department Chair at Washburn High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education and academic administration.

A former mathematics educator and department chair at Washburn High School in Grainger County Schools in Tennessee from 2004 until her retirement in 2014, Ms. Romeo-Schaffer amassed 50 years in the field of education. She commenced her career as a substitute teacher in Columbus, OH, in 1964 before serving as a geometry, mathematics and French teacher in the Hamilton School District in Ohio from 1965 to 1966. Soon thereafter, she relocated to Tennessee, where she was a teacher of gifted children at Bluegrass Elementary School, mathematics and science teacher at the Webb School, and headmistress of Greenbrier Academy between 1976 and 1986. Likewise, she was an instructor of mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College, the director of religious education at the Sacred Heart Parish, and teacher of advanced mathematics at Knox County Schools before fulfilling her most recent role.

Certified to teach in Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee, Ms. Romeo-Schaffer holds a Bachelor of Science from the Ohio State University and a Master of Science from Purdue University. She also completed postgraduate coursework at Youngstown State University and the University of Tennessee. During her tenure, she was a delegate to go to the Russian and Lithuanian Ministries of Education through the National Catholic Education Association, and she was also trained and licensed to be a lay pastoral minister in 1988, holding the title until 2001. A member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, she is also a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association for Female Executives, and the Ohio State University Alumni Association, among others.

Among the notable highlights of her career, Ms. Romeo-Schaffer is most proud of receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees because she was the first person and woman in her family to receive a college degree. The proud mother of three children and grandmother of two grandchildren, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, kitting, sewing and exercising in her spare time.

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