Janice K. Huffman has been teaching elementary, middle school and university students for more than five decades. In 2010, she retired as a teacher from Central Michigan University, a school for which she had served since 2003. Ms. Huffman formerly served Mt. Pleasant Public Schools in a variety of roles, including: English and language arts coordinator from 1997 to 2001; curriculum council chairman from 1985 to 1998; mid-tier adviser from 1980 to 2001; and from 1972 to 2001, as an English and language arts teacher for seventh and eighth grade students. Additionally, she was a reading teacher from 1967 to 1972, and a Title I Indian culture teacher from 1967 to 1970. Before joining the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, Ms. Huffman served as a reading teacher for the Alachua County Public Schools in Gainesville, Fla., and as an elementary teacher for the Communications Consultant School District 15 in Palatine, Ill. In 2010, she was a charter member of the Union Teaching Faculty, and in 2002, she was also a teacher educator for People to People.
Committed to the advancement of equal education opportunities for all, Ms. Huffman has contributed to her field through several professional and civic affiliations. Since 2009, she has served as a member of the Children’s Ministries’ Michigan Heartland District Leadership Council. Furthermore, Ms. Huffman has lent her expertise to organizations such as Art Reach, the Council for Exceptional Children, Countryside United Methodist Church, and the Zion Lutheran Nursery School’s board of directors. From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Huffman was president of the Lilly Conference for Teaching and Learning. She also held the title of president of Phi Delta Kappa from 2001 to 2003. Notably, Ms. Huffman has maintained affiliation with the American Association of University Women and the ASCD.
To prepare for a profession in the education sector, Ms. Huffman earned a Bachelor of Arts from North Central College in 1963. She matriculated at the University of Florida before obtaining a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University in 1982. A certified elementary teacher in the states of Michigan, Illinois and Florida, Ms. Huffman has established herself as a prominent leader in her chosen field. She has thus been rightfully recognized for her relentless work and devotion. Notably, she was the recipient of the Leadership Award in 2004 and the Service Award in 1997, both from Phi Delta Kappa. Moreover, Ms. Huffman has been listed in several editions of Marquis Who’s Who publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.
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