Title: Educator (Retired)
Location: Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
Florence Batt Munuz, Educator (Retired), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in early childhood education.
Ms. Munuz was formerly a dental hygienist in the School District of Philadelphia and realized that it was not what she wanted to do for a living. Considering she was born into a family of teachers, she began to consider the field and ultimately decided to go back to school. She began her education at Glassboro College, now Rowan University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. Ms. Munuz went on to earn a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1978 before becoming certified as a teacher in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
Ms. Munuz began her teaching career as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia from 1957 to 1961, while also working as a dental hygienist until 1975. Her mentor, Biljana Simsic, encouraged her to leave dental hygiene behind and to pursue education. Once taking her friend’s advice, Ms. Munuz became a professor at Oakton College in DesPlaines, Illinois, from 1977 to 2002. She also took on a position as a consultant and child development associate trainer with the Child Care Network from 1977 until 2004. Although she retired over 15 years ago, several of her former students still keep in contact with her. In recognition of her achievements, Ms. Munuz has received a Fulbright Award to study in English and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Evanston, Illinois. Furthermore, she has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education.
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