Striving for success from a young age, Randi D. Ward graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and graduated with honors when receiving a Bachelor of Arts in language arts and a Master of Education, both from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She has always had a desire to learn new things. Through teaching, she was able to share her knowledge and life experiences with younger generations. Her career began as a remedial reading teacher at a junior high school in Moundsville, WV. She taught English, drama, journalism, public speaking, and gifted students for 18 years in WV and then high school Language Arts and Gifted Education for 19 years in Metro-Atlanta, GA. After retiring, she ventured to Egypt to be an ESOL teacher at Spread Your English (SYE) during Egypt’s revolution in 2011-12. With Egyptians partners, she then opened two English language centers sadly forced to close due to Egypt’s unstable economy. With a desire to explore, dedicated educator Mrs. Ward was a pioneer in the formation of West Virginia’s gifted program in the 1970s and helped her alma mater create master’s education program courses for teachers of the talented and gifted. In addition, she has traveled to 57 countries to learn about different cultures and discover new ways of learning and teaching.
In recent years, Mrs. Ward’s passion for writing led her to establish her own writing business where she currently serves as president and chief executive officer. She has written more than 140 inspirational and educational blogs, created 47 YouTube videos, and authored “Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True),” published in 2012. She is a poet, a short story writer, a novelist, and a magazine editor/contributor for an online magazine “Morocco Pen” founded by Ayoub Ait Elkady. Several of her poems and short stories are award winners and have appeared in anthologies with other authors. She plans on publishing more books in 2019. Throughout her career, Mrs. Ward has attributed her success to her “dream bigger philosophy” and to her husband Bill Ward, who has always supported her and encouraged her to achieve her professional and personal goals. Civically, she has been active in charitable causes, such as serving as the honorary president of World Peace Forest (Africa) founded by her close Egyptian friend Ambassador Mahmood (Max) Hassouna. Being a serious animal activist, she works with ANC (Africa Nomads Conservation) in Kenya with its founder Noor Santosian. She plans to connect with other animal groups during her travels to South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, and Zimbabwe in the spring of 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, practicing photography, reading, exercising, shopping, dancing, listening to music, and chatting with her many international friends. Looking toward the future, Mrs. Ward plans to start a podcast, which will feature interviews of friends from around the world. She would also like to venture into motivational speaking and begin touring in schools.
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