Title: Middle School Educator (Retired)
Company: Sacramento City Unified School District
Location: Ashland, Oregon, United States
Paula Ruth Caplinger, Retired Middle School Educator at Sacramento City Unified School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in instrumental music.
Ms. Caplinger became involved in her profession because she played in the Sacramento Symphony Brass Demonstration Group before she went to college during the 1960s. The thrill that the kids got when they played made her want to give more to children. Ms. Caplinger earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento in 1973. She got started with the unions because of her roommate who took her to a teacher’s meeting at the school board. Ms. Caplinger was appalled at the attitude the school board had towards the teachers, so she got involved in organizing. She organized chapters and was politically active along with her roommate.
The highlight of Ms. Caplinger’s career was winning five music scholarships to go to college. She went to Sacramento City College and the scholarship helped pay for that. She was part of the junior college honor band and was chosen to go with one other player from Sacramento for the junior college band concert. She made first trumpet. Other highlights were playing in the Sacramento Symphony, being backup in the band with Smokey Robinson and playing at the Music Circus along with famous stars such as Liberace. Ms. Caplinger started in education in 1973 as a traveling instrumental music teacher for the Sacramento Unified School District, holding that position until 1992. In 1992, she became a middle school instrumental music teacher for the Sacramento Unified School District, staying until her retirement in 2008. As a testament to her success, Ms. Caplinger was inducted into various esteemed organizations including but not limited to the National Education Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Sacramento City Teachers Association and the California Teachers Association. She has also been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’ Who in American Education, Who’ Who in the West, Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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