Karen K. Wixson is serving as the interim dean of the education school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Ms. Wixson, 50, joined the university faculty in 1980 and has been the school's associate dean of graduate studies since January 1996. She has been involved in drafting the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading tests and is currently serving as an adviser for President Clinton's proposed voluntary national reading test.
Allen D. Glenn has begun a one-year term as the chairman of the executive board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Washington-based accrediting organization for teacher training programs. Mr. Glenn, 56, has been the dean of the college of education at the University of Washington in Seattle for nine years and is the president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Essie Stewart Johnson has been elected president of the Georgia Association of Educators. Ms. Johnson, 46, has worked in education for 25 years, most recently as an English and American literature teacher at Alfred E. Beach High School in Chatham County, Ga. Ms. Johnson says she plans during her two-year term to create a cross-discipline task force on teacher quality and to forge a partnership with union officials in bordering states to launch a public relations campaign on discipline, order, and safety in schools.
Marian Bergeson was appointed last week to the California state school board in Sacramento. Ms. Bergeson, 72, has been Republican Gov. Pete Wilson's top education adviser since 1996, serving as his secretary of child development and education. Mr. Wilson named her to the board for a term of up to 3 years. During a 16-year stint in the state legislature as both a state senator and a state assemblywoman, the 30-year veteran teacher, school administrator, and school board member worked to raise curriculum standards and toughen graduation requirements.
Vol. 18, Issue 3, Page 2Published in Print: September 23, 1998, as People