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Frontera: Women in Education and Museums

Centralized guide to all EPCC's local history publications, videos and guides and sources for local history topics

Women in Education and Museums

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Alt, Jerry Ann, PhD.  / Bella Voce   see:

Barba, Simona (1893-1965) Teacher and director of the Escuela Maria Martinez for 50 years. Awarded the medal “Ignacio M Altamirano” by the Mexican president after her death. See Juarez Notables

Chabram, Angie Gonzalez and Alma Araiza García  El Paso Latinas who became "matriarchs of academic dynasties" per the Reference source:  Latinas in the United States

Crumady, Iola  first and last director of the McCall Day Nursery

childcare for African American children begun in the 1940s. 

Davis, Alice James African American principal of North Loop Elementary school  

De Avila, Dolores Innovative Principal of Ysleta Elementary School

Involved with El Paso Interreligious Sponsoring Organization (EPISO) / Border Interfaith 

Dodson, Betty  educator

  • educator - named Woman of the Year in Education
  • worked with teenage mothers in organizations she founded:  School Age Parent Center (started at William Beaumont in 1974 and moved to EPISD)  YWCA's Project Redirection
  • also worked with Homebound program with EPISD

Hogan, Margaret P.  Also known as Margaret P. Haddad  founding instructor at EPCC and leader

Holder, Anne H.  Attempted to establish El Paso's first Rape Crisis Center in the early 1970s. 

McCall, Olalee leader in the African American community, musician, first female principal of Douglass school 

Natalicio, Dr. Diana -- decades long UTEP President

Ortega, Melissa  State Board of Education Representative for District #1

Silva, Maxine  education advocate 

Stanton, Mary pioneer schoolteacher whose personal library started the El Paso Public Library in the 1890s.

Templin, Lucinda Radford School for Girls

Tinajero, Josefina Villamil bilingual education advocate

Turner, Sue Cardwell founder of US Border Patrol Museum  

Williams, Clara Belle first woman African American graduate of NMSU. 

Winkler, Myra C.  Early Superintendent / Professor  

Research tips

Note details that might seem insignificant at first glance, in case one finds other information later.

Women's information is often found through researching the men in their lives (i.e. husband, fathers, etc.) so the notes here might only state that Mrs. X was married to Mr. X who was important for some reason, but in researching him, there might be information about his wife found later.

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