Title: Elementary School Educator
Location: Ashtabula, Ohio, United States
Emma Lou Buck, Elementary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social studies education.
Ms. Buck first discovered her passion for working with children while contributing her time at a Cincinnati YMCA summer camp. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in arts and sciences from Miami University in 1958 and a Bachelor of Science in education from Kent State University in 1969. In 1983, she additionally achieved a Master of Education from Edinboro University. Notably, for nearly 30 years, from 1969 to 1998, Ms. Buck served as an elementary school educator for the Ashtabula Area City Schools in Ohio. Throughout her career, she is most fond of the many fun social studies projects she had her students undertake, including reenacting the ancient Greek Olympics and constructing castles out of household materials during studies of the Middle Ages. Likewise, Ms. Buck enjoyed guiding her students through newspaper projects that were published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s annual newspaper in education for five years. The distinguished educator credits superintendent of Saybrook Schools, Kenneth Weir, as a formative influence during her tenure.
Finding great success in her career, Ms. Buck was named Ashtabula County’s Senior Citizen of the Year in 2018 and received a resolution of recognition from Saybrook Township Trustees. Devoted to her faith, she served the Saybrook United Methodist Church as director of the after school program for six years, lay leader for four years, and administrative board chair for 19 years, as well as chaired its successful Christmas fundraising project for 30 years. Among her various civic roles, Ms. Buck holds life membership with the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and Sigma Sigma Sigma Social Sorority of Miami. She also maintains affiliation with the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association, Northeast Ohio Education Association, International Reading Association, and the Ashtabula County Woman’s Club. Additionally, she is a member of the Ashtabula Area Education Association, of which she was vice president from 1977 to 1979 and the Woman’s Fortnightly Club, where she was a secretary for two years and president for three years. To attest to her legacy, Ms. Buck can also be found in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in American Education.
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