Judith Lauretta Kinard-Wright

Title: Retired Elementary, Secondary and Special Education School Educator
Location: Saint Albans, New York, United States

Judith Lauretta Kinard-Wright, Retired Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.

Ms. Kinard-Wright was always drawn to working with children, which led her to spearhead a career within the realm of education. She commenced her studies at the City College of New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in special education in 1983 and a Master of Science in special education, with honors, in 1988. Later, in 1998, she also obtained an advanced certification in administration and supervision from Brooklyn College. Ms. Kinard-Wright is a certified and licensed special education teacher for grades K-12 and also holds certifications in administration and supervision from the state of New York. Having accrued more than 30 years of professional experience, Ms. Kinard-Wright retired from her roles in 2020. However, she continues to serve as a private tutor and a volunteer at Downstate University Hospital.

Serving the New York City Department of Education for the majority of her career, Ms. Kinard-Wright most recently taught art and special education from 2014 to 2020 and directed staff at development workshops in 2015. Between 2001 and 2014, she served Public Schools 140 and 73 in myriad roles, including science, mathematics, English language arts, and special education. Likewise, from 1991 to 2000, Ms. Kinard-Wright was a coordinator of the SIEVII elementary unit of special education and a librarian for Public School 140. Earlier in her career, she was a teacher of the mini institute/CCNY after-school program from 1984 to 1993. Moreover, she served as a private tutor for foster care students through Faculty Tutoring Services, Inc. beginning in 1985 and a group leader at the Patchwork Cultural Center from 1982 to 1985.

Honored for her numerous roles within education, Ms. Kinard-Wright was the recipient of an American Educators Certificate of Recognition in 2011. That same year, she was selected for inclusion in Elite American Educators and has been a member of Cambridge Who’s Who since 2008. In addition to acquiring her distinguishable accolades, Ms. Kinard-Wright is most proud of the administration work she contributed to that opened up two special education sites. In her work, she believes it is imperative to keep abreast of skills, learn new teaching techniques and strategies, have a great deal of patience, and understand the difference in students’ backgrounds and cultures. A prolific writer, Ms. Kinard-Wright is the author of the special education mathematics curriculum from 2001.

Looking ahead in her career, Ms. Kinard-Wright plans to continue tutoring in the subjects of mathematics, science, and language arts. In retirement, she has enjoyed having more time for her hobbies of playing the piano, knitting, and arts and crafts. A doting mother, her oldest daughter, Amanda-Joy, recently graduated from Cornell University with a degree in clinical psychology, and her younger daughter, Aleeyah, is currently attending college. She hopes her daughters enjoy their collegiate years as much as she did, which is where she met many inspirational professors who helped propel her career. To attest to her legacy, Ms. Kinard-Wright can also be found in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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