Title: Retired Educator
Location: Lincoln, California, United States
Barbara Lee Branch, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics education and academic administration.
Dr. Branch found her passion for teaching while pursuing a career as a counselor. As she completed her requirements, which included several years of teaching, she felt called to pursue education as opposed to her original intention. In 1970, she graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts. In the following years, she earned a Master’s from her alma mater before going on to earn a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California. From 1970 until 1981, Dr. Branch taught first through third grade at the Sacramento City Unified School District. As she grew in her profession, she took on numerous positions, including that of an instructor at the National University in Sacramento, California, and a math and science teacher at Leonardo da Vinci School. From 1998 until 2005, she worked as the director of Gifted Education. More recently, from 2009 until 2016, Dr. Branch continued to explore administrative roles as the executive director for the California Association for the Gifted. She retired in 2016, though she continues to work as an educational consultant when she can.
In light of her numerous accomplishments, Dr. Branch was named Teacher of the Year at the Sacramento City Unified School District for the 1990-1991 school year. She was later named the Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton University. An active member of her community, she maintains affiliation with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of School Curriculum Development, and the California School Administrators, among other professional organizations. Further, she is a fellow of the Northern California Mathematics Project. Moreover, as an additional testament to her success, Dr. Branch is featured in several editions of Who’s Who in American Education and the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the West.
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