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Justina Chizomam Onuoha-Bigelow Recognized for Dedication to the Field of Education

Mrs. Bigelow serves as a teacher at the School District of Philadelphia

Mrs. Bigelow hopes to complete her dissertation and graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy from Walden University, after which she aspires to teach at the university level.

    PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 15, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Justina Chizomam Onuoha-Bigelow has been included in Marquis Who's Who. 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.

Having overcome adversity and strife throughout her life to stand where she is today, Mrs. Bigelow has found success as an educator at the School District of Philadelphia. After immigrating to the United States, she initially worked as a school lunchroom attendant, mopping floors, and eking out a living with several jobs including substitute teaching. Leveraging her earlier experiences learning Spanish while living in the Dominican Republic, she volunteered to serve as an interpreter when a Spanish-speaking parent arrived at her school. Mrs. Bigelow has also served as a classroom assistant, substitute teacher, parent coordinator, literacy intern, and as a program manager. When the opportunity came to work directly as a teacher, she did not hesitate to return to college to obtain a Master of Arts in education from Lincoln University in 2016, as well as a teacher's certification in early childhood and special education.

Throughout the course of her career in education, Mrs. Bigelow is particularly proud to have served as a program coordinator for "Innovative Approaches to Literacy," a federally funded program that leveraged a $1.5 million grant to improve early literacy through a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) in high poverty, low achieving schools through a high-quality plan for innovative approaches to literacy. The targeted schools have a poverty rate averaging 90%. In this capacity, she assisted in providing high quality literacy education to kindergarten through third grade. In addition to working with school officials and parents alike, she also led the opening and refurbishment of school libraries throughout 10 schools in the district, and dispersed iPads to students in a bid to increase literacy on a wider scale.

In accounting for her success, Mrs. Bigelow credits the simple joy she derives from engaging with students and parents who hail from diverse backgrounds, many of whom she encourages to learn the English language and expand their available opportunities. In addition to her myriad accomplishments, she is also a published author, having co-written a book with her daughter, "During the Pandemic: My Alphabet Book," which was released in 2021 and is now registered with the Library of Congress.

Looking toward the future, Mrs. Bigelow hopes to complete her dissertation and graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy from Walden University, after which she aspires to teach at the university level. She also seeks to volunteer as a teacher for children in foster home settings. Ultimately, Mrs. Bigelow's goal is to retire free of debt and lead a comfortable life along with her daughter, Amarachi, to whom she hopes to bequeath a better life.

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