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College of Education and Human Services recognizes “Professionals Who Made a Difference”

March 21, 2012

Pat Howe, Rachel Johnson, Jennifer Kingsley
from left: Pat Howe, Rachel Johnson, Jennifer Kingsley

Longwood University's College of Education and Human Services recently presented "Professionals Who Made a Difference Awards" to Dr. Jennifer Kingsley, Rachel Johnson, and Patricia Howe. The annual awards recognize professionals in the disciplines of Longwood's College of Education and Human Services who have made significant contributions to their professional fields.

Kingsley, a local veterinarian, was recognized for her contributions as a foster parent and for her efforts on behalf of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Kingsley and her husband, Dan, have been foster parents to more than 20 children, many of whom have special needs. The couple has adopted three children and plans to adopt a fourth. Through their efforts they have enabled these children to receive early intervention services. Kingsley serves as chair of the Longwood Center for Communication and Literacy and Learning Advisory Committee and is a member of "Guide by Your Side," a program of the Virginia Department of Health that links parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing with parents whose children have been diagnosed with hearing loss. In addition, she was instrumental in the creation of Camp Loud and Clear, an overnight camp experience for children who are hearing impaired. 

Johnson earned a B.S. from Longwood in 1985 in early education and an M.S. from Longwood in December 2009 in literacy and culture with a teaching endorsement as a reading specialist. She is a Title 1 reading and mathematics teacher at LaCrosse Elementary School in Mecklenburg County and was recognized as the 2010-11 Mecklenburg County Teacher of the Year. In fall 2011 she was named Region 8 Teacher of the Year for the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward. She is an active member of the Southside Council of Reading Educators, the Virginia State Reading Association, and the International Reading Association.

Howe, associate professor and head of technical services and automation for Longwood's Greenwood Library, retired in December 2011 following 29 years of service to the university.  She is active in the Southside Virginia Library Network, the Virginia Library Association (for which she served as president in 2007) and as a volunteer for the Buckingham County Public Library.