Title: Curator, Secondary School Educator
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Barbara Stanislawski has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in museum curation and secondary school education.
A successful educator with nearly 60 years of experience, Mrs. Stanislawski shares her advice to emerging professionals in her field: “Being able to listen is one of the strongest traits that will enable you to be an educator because in order to teach you must first learn and to learn you must listen.” Retired since 2006, she concluded her career as a museum curator for the National Park Service in Santa Fe, NM. She held this role for 22 years after spending a decade as a curator at the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, where she felt lucky to be able to explore her fascination in ancient societies. Mrs. Stanislawski’s key achievements in her career include developing work on Hopi and Hopi-Tewa Ethnoarchaeology alongside her husband. Additionally, she is proud of the work that she was able to perform on archival research on the New Deal era for the National Park Services.
Mrs. Stanislawski established her career as the director of the Head Start program at Manhattan Public School in Kansas. In this role, she fell in love with teaching children and wanted to find a way to always be teaching in some capacity, which she feels that she has been able to do in all her prominent roles in her career. Considered an expert in her field, she has contributed several articles to professional journals throughout the years. In recognition of her professional excellence, Mrs. Stanislawski was the recipient of several awards including an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also named Outstanding Young Woman in America by the Outstanding American Foundation in Chicago, IL.
Before establishing herself professionally, Mrs. Stanislawski invested her time and efforts into her education. A graduate of Stanford University, she earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1958. She has remained involved in her professional community throughout the years as a commitment to her professional development and to act as a resource for colleagues in the same field as her. Since 1998, she has been a member of the board of directors for the National New Deal Preservation Association. She is also actively involved with the New Mexico Museum Association. As she looks ahead to the future, Mrs. Stanislawski plans to continue enjoying her retirement while exploring hobbies that allows her to interact with people with likeminded interests.
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