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Geneva Epps Mosley

Title: Retired Educator
Company: Tempe Elementary School District
Location: Tempe, Arizona, United States

Geneva Epps Mosley, Retired Educator with the Tempe Elementary School District, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public education.

With decades of experience to her credit, Ms. Epps Mosley is a retired educator who completed 29 years of service with the Tempe Elementary School District in Arizona. She worked for 11 years as a kindergarten teacher and spent an additional 18 years as a junior high teacher, holding these posts from 1960 to 1989. Following her retirement as a full-time educator, she contributed her talents as a substitute teacher for the Tempe Elementary School District.

In preparation for her career pursuits, Ms. Epps Mosley attended Arizona State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1959. She continued her higher education with a Master of Arts in elementary education, which she earned in 1965. Ms. Epps Mosley was a classroom educator for 50 years. Among her career accomplishments, she was the first African American teacher to be hired by the Tempe Elementary School District and was the first African American to have a school named in her honor in Tempe, Arizona.

Alongside her primary work as an educator, Ms. Epps Mosley held multiple further posts, including working as a hairdresser and salon owner. She also worked as a truck driver and has maintained membership to the Tempe Elks Lodge for more than 50 years. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and exercising.

Ms. Epps Mosley attributes her success to God, her faith, and her hard work. She came from a long line of farmers in Texas, and her grandfather was a slave. Her father was illiterate, and her mother died when she was just a baby. Ms. Epps Mosley began working at 11 years old, picking and chopping cotton and completing farm work. Eventually, through her persistence and determination, she found her way into teaching. Among her many remarkable accomplishments, she is proudest of touching the lives of so many of her students.

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