Mary Ann Pacella-Sams

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Title: Educational Administrator, Corporate Executive (Retired)
Location: Walnut Creek, California, United States

Mary Ann Pacella-Sams, Retired Educational Administrator, Corporate Executive, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of education.

Inspired by her teachers who recognized her immense academic ability, Ms. Pacella-Sams knew that she, too, wanted to be an educator. She was raised in a primarily immigrant neighborhood and was the first person in her family to receive a college education as well as the second woman in her community to do so. Ms. Pacella-Sams earned a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Mundelein College in 1958 and became a special services teacher for Chicago public schools immediately upon graduating. She taught English education, reading, and English as a second language. Furthermore, she served as an education and early childhood specialist at various locations and earned a Master of Education from the University Puget Sound in 1970 and Montessori certification, which allowed her to establish many early childhood schools and assist in opening numerous Montessori schools across the Midwest.

Though she officially retired in 2003, Ms. Pacella-Sams has lent her services as a mentor and director of early childhood education for the state of California. Since 2005, she has remained active as a San Francisco and Bay Area tour guide and a lecturer in consulting and early childhood education. Widely recognized for her success, she has achieved awards such as the Appreciation Award from the Oakland Department Children’s Centers and an award from the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education, both in 1980.

Ms. Pacella-Sams holds a membership with organizations such as the Association of California School Administrators, Association Montessori Internationale, National Black Child Developmental Institute, and the American Montessori Society, among others. In 2014, she was elected to the Board of Trustees San Francisco Tour Guide Guild in 2014 and pursues historical research as a hobby that helps her in her tour guiding. As a further testament to her success, Ms. Pacella-Sams has been featured in the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the West and multiple editions of Who’s Who of American Women.

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