Title: Retired Elementary School Educator
Company: Kokomo Center Schools
Location: Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Juanita Vivian Kinder Martin-Davis, Retired Elementary School Educator at Kokomo Center Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in elementary education.
Ms. Martin-Davis first thought she would go into nursing after high school. During her freshman year of college, she decided music would be more of the way to go. She thought with music she could go into teaching. This led to her taking education classes and student teaching, where she realized she was made to be a teacher. Before starting on her career path, she matriculated at the University of St. Francis, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1954 and a Bachelor of Music in 1962. From there, she received a Master of Arts in elementary education from Ball State University in 1979.
Ms. Martin-Davis is most proud that she could in a small way help touch the lives of small children. She began her career in 1954, as an elementary teacher for Joliet Public Schools, where she remained until 1965. From there, she became an elementary school teacher with Kokomo Center Schools in 1965. She remained with that school district until she retired in 1994. In 1990, she changed direction and became a music teacher for the final four years of her career. As a testament to her success, Ms. Martin-Davis was named Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2006, received a Professional Service Award from the College of St. Francis in 1990 and a Community Service Award from the NAACP in 1982.
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