A native of Louisiana, Manie Culbertson has spent twenty-seven years teaching
in public middle schools. She began at Vinton in Calcasieu Parish and has since
taught at many other schools, including Blanchard, Northwood, Linear, and
Ridgewood in Caddo Parish. For much of her career she was an eighth-grade
social-studies teacher. Culbertson was named one of ten teachers of distinction
by the P.T.A. of Louisiana in 1973, the first year this award was given.
Culbertson graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in home
economics. She began teaching in this area but soon discovered that she
preferred junior-high social studies and language arts. She received her M.Ed.
in elementary education with thirty-plus hours in social studies and reading.
She also spent time working toward a doctorate in school administration at
Northwestern State University.
As a coordinator of teachers, Culbertson has helped many other educators
improve their performance. Even as a retired teacher, she has spent her time
continuing to contribute to the world of education. Culbertson wrote Louisiana:
The Land and Its People because she recognized the need for a
high-quality social-studies textbook suitable for eighth graders. She also
created a Teachers' Resource Book and a Student
Skillbuilderto accompany the textbook. In May
I Speak, Culbertson records her experience as a
white educator who was arbitrarily transferred to a black school to meet a
court-ordered integration ratio. It has a surprise ending!
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