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A lover of English from a young age, Dr. Zema L. Jordan was always drawn to curriculum and education. In 1953, she earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee A&I State University and became an instructor of English at Liberty High School in Liberty, Mississippi. Following that year in Mississippi, she served as an instructor of English at Wilson Junior High School in Florence, South Carolina, for ten years. Following her teaching experience in the south, she joined the staff at Southwestern High School in Detroit, Michigan, as an English instructor. After that, she served as Administrative Unit Head at Richard Middle School in Detroit for one year.

Dr. Jordan received the Master of Education degree in 1963 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1991. She served as a part-time English instructor at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, as an Administrative Unit Head at Von Steuben Middle School, and as a curriculum consultant at the Professional Growth Center for Detroit Public Schools.

As a successful educator, Dr. Jordan has received many accolades throughout her career. She has been listed in Poetic Voices of America, International Who’s Who in Education, The World’s Who’s Who of Women, Men and Women of Distinction, Dictionary of International Biography, and International Who’s Who of Intellectuals. In her spare time outside of work, Dr. Jordan enjoys playing the piano, reading, gardening and many forms of exercise. Dr. Jordan studied abroad in England in 1982.

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