Elaine Olelo Masters

Title: Religious Studies Educator, Writer

Company: Canaan Community Gospel Center
Location: Wasilla, Alaska, United States

Elaine Olelo Masters, Reading and English Teacher at Canaan Community Gospel Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing and education.

From a young age, Ms. Masters knew she wanted to become a writer. She was an avid reader as a child, and once she discovered books were written by people, she decided to pursue a career doing exactly that. When it came time to pursue a formal education, she attended the University of Missouri. By 1968, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in education, proceeding to begin her career as a 6th-grade teacher at Okinawa Christian School. In the years that followed, Ms. Masters brought her skills to a multitude of schools. These include Flint Hill Elementary School, St. Thomas United Methodist Church, and the Bible Institute of Hawaii. Ms. Masters has also taught in China, Tibet, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Since 2004, she has excelled as a reading and English teacher at the Canaan Community Gospel Center alongside her role as the owner of Edon Industries.

Outside of her educational endeavors, Ms. Masters has achieved her childhood goal of becoming an established author. Her first novel, “Ali and the Ghost Tiger,” was published in 1967. In the years since then, she has written over 15 additional stories, including “The Thief in Chinatown,” “Kalani and the Night Marchers,” and “Momi’s Birthday Surprise.” Her books, “Mingling with Muslims” and the award-winning “What the Witchdoctor Taught Me” are still delighting readers. Ms. Masters’ most recent book was published in 2010, titled “The Dragon Who Stole the Holidays.” Further, she has contributed a multitude of articles to various newspapers and magazines.

Reflecting on her accomplishments, Ms. Masters considers the highlight of her career to be her experience preaching at a tribal village in Thailand. Though at the time she had never preached before, she found that she had a natural talent for doing so. After her service, each and every villager shook her hand and informed her that her words were exactly what they needed to hear, which was an amazing and enlightening experience. In her spare time, Ms. Masters enjoys traveling and learning foreign languages. As a testament to her professional success, she is featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.

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