Marilynn Suzann Wendt

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Title: Elementary School Educator, Principal
Company: Waterford Schools
Location: Waterford, Michigan, United States

Marilynn Wendt, Elementary School Educator and Principal at Waterford Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership as a public school educator and administrator.

As a student, Dr. Wendt attended Bay City Junior College, earning an Associate of Arts in 1959. She continued her higher education at Central Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1962, simultaneously working as a teacher and teaching principal at Baxman School. From 1962 to 1966, she served as a teacher, guidance counselor, and director of elementary education at Essexville-Hampton Schools, earning a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University in 1964. For more than a decade, Dr.  Wendt worked as a teacher, director of elementary education, and director of curriculum research at Bloomfield Hills Schools, from 1966 to 1978, and in 1971, she earned a Doctor of Education from Wayne State University.

Following her departure from Bloomfield Hills, Dr. Wendt started her career as an administrator at Waterford Schools. From 1978 to 2006, she served as elementary principal, staff development trainer, and learning improvement center supervisor. Throughout her career, she additionally served as vice president of the Waterford Township Library, part-time faculty member at Wayne State University from 1972 to 1978, and as consortium facilitator in the Michigan Department of Education’s Experimental & Demonstration Center from 1975 to 1976.

Dr. Wendt maintained memberships to a variety of professional organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, the Michigan Reading Association, and the Michigan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, among others. For her excellence as an educator, Dr. Wendt was recognized with an Outstanding Educator Award from the U.S. Office of Education, and a Distinguished Service Award from Bloomfield Hills Schools.

Growing up, Dr. Wendt was always passionate about education. She decided to become a teacher in the first grade, inspired by her teacher John G. Weiss and was the first in her family to graduate college. She has always found it important to maintain contact between staff, students, and parents, and capitalized on opportunities to go from a central office position back into the classroom. Dr. Wendt believes in looking for the potential in every individual, and aims to live by the motto: “the job of a leader is to release the potential of others.” Currently, she is involved with educational programs at her church and hopes to work with Oakland County Literacy Council, an organization that tutors adults with literacy needs.

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