She always felt her calling was to teach, to be in the trenches with the kids where she could do her best work
LONGMEADOW, MA, November 14, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Barbara Stein Katz with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Ms. Katz celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
A special education teacher for more than 30 years, Ms. Katz, who was born in Springfield, MA, began teaching right in her own neighborhood as a regular education elementary teacher for Springfield Public Schools in 1956. After just four years, however, she left the classroom to bear her children. At the time, pregnancy required her to leave teaching. Not long after, she returned to education in 1975, this time as a special education teacher trained in the Gillingham method of teaching by Rush Wallace in the Longmeadow school system. Ms. Katz became remedial teacher for the public-school system in Longmeadow. In 1978, she accepted the opportunity to teach special education for Chicopee Public Schools, spending 20 years in this capacity before retiring in 1998.She always felt her calling was to teach, to be in the trenches with the kids where she could do her best work. She was very happy and proud to be a teacher and mentor who listened to students when they needed to talk.
Certified in elementary education and moderate special needs in the state of Massachusetts, Ms. Katz completed a Bachelor's degree at American International College in 1956 for kindergarten to grade 12 education. She later returned to her alma mater to complete a Master of Art in Educational Psychology in Learning Disabilities in 1979. In the early 1970s, she served as the president of the Synagogue Women's Group in Springfield and was a troop leader for the Brownies and Girl Scouts of America in Longmeadow. She was also a Junior Great Books Leader in the Longmeadow division. From 1998 to 2002, Ms., Katz volunteered as a reader for the Lower Pioneer Valley Collaborative.
A longtime member of the National Education Association, the National Trust Historical Preservation, the Trustees Reservations, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Ms. Katz was also a lifetime member of the Jewish Geriatric Services, Mizrachi, Amit and Hadassah. The recipient of a 1988 Horace Mann grant, she was honored in more than 35 editions of Who's Who since 2001, including in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the World, and, most recently, in Who Was Who in America from 2013 to 2014, shortly after her passing on November 28, 2013.
Married to her loving husband Charles M. Katz for more than 55 years with two children, Helen L. and Robert A., Ms. Katz was also known for having owned her own photography business, Lynn Katz Photography. She also painted, photographed, loved to read, take long walks, swim, and travel as much as possible. She was very much involved in her community. Ms. Katz will be greatly missed by family, friends, former students, as well as her community.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Barbara Stein Katz has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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