Title: Educational Diagnostician, Writer
Company: Highland County Schools
Location: McDowell, Virginia, United States
Jo-Ann Harkleroad, Educational Diagnostician and Writer at Highland County Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
What attracted Mrs. Harkleroad to her profession was her family and upbringing. She has always had support from her parents in whatever endeavors she took on. Her dad taught her many sports and both of her parents introduced her to shooting at an early age along with riding horses. Her dad was in labor law and her mother had studied nursing. While in school, a health teacher read her work and encouraged her to be a
writer. In addition, when she was around the age of 10 she wanted to be a missionary to the Navajos, and her husband thinks that is why she got into education. Mrs. Harkleroad matriculated at The George Washington University, earning an AS in 1960, a BS in health, physical education and recreation in 1968 and an MA in special education and educational diagnosis and prescription in 1969. Thirty years later, Mrs. Harkleroad continued with her education taking postgraduate coursework from 1997 to 1999 at The George Washington University.
Mrs. Harkleroad began her professional career as an instructor at the Catholic University of America in 1960. A year later, she moved on to the Bush Hill Day School as a teacher from 1961 to 1963. From 1969 to 1972, Mrs. Harkleroad held positions of an educational diagnostician and a supervisor of Title I at Prince Williams County Schools. In 1980, she ventured into a profession as a writer and editor for Station WNVT-TV for two years before returning to education. She became a director of special education at Highland County Schools from 1987 to 1990. Mrs. Harkleroad’s love of writing also led her to write novels. She is the author of “Horse Thief Trail,” “Blood Atonement,” “Ketch Colt,” “Swep Culhane,” and “Freeze Out.”
As a testament to her success, Mrs. Harkleroad has received an Appreciation Certificate from the Fairfax County Police Department in 1987, a Meritorious Service Medal from the President Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in 1988 and a Virginia Citizenship Award from Fairfax County. She has been inducted as a member of the International Women’s Leadership Association, Phi Lambda Theta, the National Association of Professional Women, Women Writing the West, Western Writers of America, Presbyterian Women and the Stonewall Women’s Club. Furthermore, Mrs. Harkleroad has been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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