Title: Retired School Librarian
Location: Hallettsville, Texas, United States
Lillian Gohlke, Retired School Librarian, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of library sciences.
With a passion for teaching stemming from a young age, Ms. Gohlke would delight in playing the role of teacher with her sister and brothers. Her mother encouraged a young Ms. Gohlke to work hard at school and hoped she would one day become a teacher. Ms. Gohlke displayed a natural talent for education, made the best grades in English and Spanish, and ultimately decided to pursue both fields professionally. She earned an Associate of Arts from Wharton County Junior College 1975 and both a Bachelor of Arts in 1959 and Master of Arts in 1963 from Sam Houston State University. Additionally, Ms. Gohlke received a Library Certificate in 1961.
Ms. Gohlke began her career at Sheridan High School in Texas where she worked as an English and Spanish teacher from 1959 to 1970. She then served as an English teacher for Rice High School in Altair, Texas, from 1970 to 1981 before holding the role of librarian at the school from 1981 to 1992. After this role, Ms. Gohlke retired and volunteered at Sheridan Memorial Library from 1992 to 2002. Her other contributions to the field include writing for Texas Outlook Magazine in 1964 and giving her time as a University Interscholastic League coordinator at Rice High School from 1970 1992 and as a future teacher advisor from 1971 to 1992. Furthermore, Ms. Gohlke served on the board of directors of the San Bernard Electric Cooperative in Bellville, Texas from 1980 to 1996 and was instrumental in the initiation of STEP for Libraries Senior Texan Employment Program in Waco, Texas, from 1993 to 2003.
Of all the people she has met throughout the course of her life, Ms. Gohlke considers her students to be her greatest mentors and believes she has learned more from them than from anyone else. She encourages those in her profession to follow their dreams and to enjoy learning and being taught by the students. Ms. Gohlke fondly recalls her retirement party at Rice High School where the principal decided that night to award her a retirement plaque and is thankful for that celebration and for her students. As a testament to her success, Ms. Gohlke earned accolades such as the John H. Lovelady Lifetime for Youth Award from Future Teachers America in 1992, was named a National Defense Education Act Fellow in Spanish from the University of Texas in 1960, a National Defense Education Act Fellow in English from the University of Texas in 1962. Furthermore, she has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and the seventh edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
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