2021 Women in History – Recognizing Our SPMS Educators

We salute our amazing St. Petersburg, Florida NCNW Sisters that are educators: some retired and some actively teaching and educating others through their strong contributions and commitment to educate and empower families in our St. Petersburg communities.

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SPMS Educators featured all week!


Carolyn Wilson
50 years – active

Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data facts, skills or abilities – that’s training or instruction – but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed.” Thomas Moore

Rose Mack
45 years – active

“It’s not your aptitude but your attitude that determines your altitude. If you are not struggling, you are not learning”

Joan Thurmond
44 years

“Time spent teaching children is never wasted time.”

Carole Moore
42 years

“Find the good and praise it” – Alex Haley

Beverly Campbell
41 years – retired

“Get wisdom, and with all thy getting, get understanding.”

Georgia Thomas
38 years – retired

“Follow me as I  follow Christ.”

Sandra Patterson
38 years – retired

“I can do all things though Christ who strengthens me.”

Gwen Anderson
38 years – retired

“Education is not just preparation for life, education is LIFE itself.”

Rene Waymon
37 years – retired

“A good education can change anyone. A good teacher changes everything.”

Sharion Thurman-Reeves
36 years – retired

“Go forth and be a credit to the race.”

Teresa Anderson
36 years – retired

“Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.”

Althea Hudson
35 years – active

“Today is a great day to learn something new.”

Dr. Cynthia Parker White
35 years – retired

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.Luke 12:48”

Gayle Ashwood
35 years – active

“Strong towers have mighty powers an Educated mind, a Warm heart, a Physically fit body, and a Spiritual soul collectively Contribute to a Strong tower with Mighty Powers…”

Barbara Norris
34 years – retired

“Reading is the key.”

Dr. Tonjua Williams
34 years – active

“From our Founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune who is also known as the “First Lady of the Struggle” – “if we have the courage and tenacity of our forebears, who stood firmly like a rock against the lash of slavery, we shall find a way to do for our day what they did for theirs.”

Apostle Clarice Pennington
33 years – retired

“Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore, get wisdom and in all thy getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7”

Mary Murph
32 years – retired

“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the Difference.”

Dr. Sharon Jackson
30+ years – retired

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Valerie McGarrah
30 years – retired

“Man look at the outside but God looks at the heart.”

Jacquelyn Wilson
27 years – active

“So many of the smiles in my heart are there… because of you.”

Sandra Law
25 years – retired

“With God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26″

Dr. Marva Dennard
20 years – retired

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5

Twanna Monroe
18 years – active

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Karen Davis-Pritchett
16 years – retired

“Educators are essential to helping our community and world thrive, because we have been entrusted with the children that will lead, advocate, invent, and continue to shape society. I was blessed to share their journey.”

Christina Fields
13 years – active

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.–William A. Ward”

Jennifer Richardson
11 years – active

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world .” – Nelson Mandela

Caprice Edmond
7 years – active

“You can accomplish many things by working hard and remaining focused.”

Mae Welch
7 years – retired

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105″

June Kicklighter-Peterman
4 years -active

“It is a privilege and a great responsibility to be a part of shaping the perspectives and ambitions of young people.”

Armetha Williams
2 years – retired

“Education is the Key to the Future.”

Dr. Sharon Brown
?? years

“Education doesn’t make us smarter. It makes us whole.”

Dr. Yvonne Williams
?? years

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepared for it today.”

Roshan Reno
?? years

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.”

Mary McLeod Bethune
Educator-NCNW Founder

“Education is the great American adventure, the world’s most colossal democratic experiment.”

Dorothy Height
Educator-NCNW Founder

“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.”

Fannye Ponder
Educator-SPMS Founder

“Education allowed me to develop competent and courageous leadership among African-American women.”