Title: Retired Educator
Location: Upper Chichester, Pennsylvania, United States
Marveta Yvonne Clark, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in elementary education.
Since she was a young girl, Ms. Clark desired to be an educator in order to teach students that somebody cared for them no matter what they look, sound or dress like. Now retired from an exemplary career in education, she dedicated nearly four decades to teaching throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Most recently, Ms. Clark was a sixth grade teacher with the Philadelphia School District from 2003 to 2007 and an adjunct professor of Introduction to African American History at the University of the Arts from 2003 to 2006. Earlier, she gained experience as a teacher with the William Penn School District in Yeadon, Pennsylvania for 31 years, from 1969 to 2000.
Ms. Clark received a Bachelor of Science from Cheyney State College, now known as Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, in 1969 and a Master of Education from Antioch College in Ohio in 1972. Additionally, in 2006, she earned a Writing for Children and Teenagers diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature in Madison, Connecticut. Despite her retirement, she has served as a Sunday school teacher since 2003 and a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2017. The editor-in-chief of Milestones Magazine, Ms. Clark is a gifted writer and enjoys writing poetry and stories for children, teenagers and adults in her spare time.
To remain abreast of her industry, Ms. Clark holds membership with the National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and Rho Theta Omega Graduate Chapter. In addition, she maintains affiliation with the William Penn Education Association, of which she was building representative from 1981 to 1982, and the Delta Iota Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, having been vice president of the Ivy Leaf Club in 1968 and a member for 50 years. In 1989, she was a member of the American Women’s Economic Development Corporation.
Looking back on her illustrious career, Ms. Clark recalls a memory from her first year of teaching in 1969 in which she took a note from a second grade student. The young girls’ note had said, “Ms. Clark is mean like my grandmother.” At that moment, she knew that she was where she was supposed to be, professionally, and was doing the right things in the classroom. When the student turned 22, Ms. Clark met with her and returned the note, saying she kept it because she loved it and received praise from her former student. As a testament to her legacy, Ms. Clark can also be found in the 51st, 53rd and 56th editions of Who’s Who in America, the fifth through eighth editions of Who’s Who in American Education, the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the East and the 21st edition of Who’s Who of American Women.
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