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Jessie Gladden

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
Absolutely.

Birthplace

Born:
12/11/1930
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Studies Curriculum Supervisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
Absolutely.

Birthplace

Born:
12/11/1930
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Jessie Benjamin Gladden was born on December 11, 1930 in New York City. Her mother was a domestic and later a business owner and her father was a laborer. During her adolescent years, Gladden’s mother moved the family back to her native North Carolina where she operated a restaurant and a store. In 1948, Gladden earned her high school diploma from North Hampton County Training School in North Carolina. In 1953, she earned her bachelor’s of science degree in social science and English.

Gladden began her teaching career in 1956 at Charles Hamilton Houston elementary school in Baltimore, where she taught for the next five years. After taking time off to raise her family, Gladden returned to the classroom in 1969, teaching at Pimlico Middle School until 1971. From 1973 until 1974, Gladden traded in her chalk and eraser for a camera and studio audience when she taught for the show Newslab that aired on Maryland Public Television. In 1973, she earned her master’s degree in American history from Morgan State University.

Gladden’s master’s thesis highlighted the medical accomplishments of Morgan State University medical scientist, Vivien Thomas. Thomas, with only a high school education, developed many surgical techniques and instruments used in treating and identifying diseases. Gladden’s thesis was titled, Vivien Thomas: Black Non-Doctor. From 1977 until 1997, she worked as a supervisor for Baltimore City Schools social studies curriculum. She retired from the Baltimore City School system in 1992. The following year, she took a position as a teacher supervisor at Johns Hopkins University until her retirement in 2001.

Gladden was married to Elzee Gladden, a Baltimore City educator who served as principal of Baltimore’s Dunbar High School and was the first person to receive a doctorate degree from Morgan State University.

Gladden passed away on August 18, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jessie Gladden talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jessie Gladden reflects upon her mother's decision to move her family to Jackson, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jessie Gladden describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jessie Gladden talks about her stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jessie Gladden recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jessie Gladden remembers her grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jessie Gladden talks about her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jessie Gladden talks about growing up in New York, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jessie Gladden recalls the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood in New York, New York and Jackson, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jessie Gladden recalls her elementary school years and her childhood hopes of becoming a teacher
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jessie Gladden recalls her elementary school friends and her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jessie Gladden talks about the church she attended as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jessie Gladden lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jessie Gladden recalls her move to Jackson, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jessie Gladden recalls her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jessie Gladden recalls her decision to attend North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jessie Gladden describes her experience at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jessie Gladden talks about her career path immediately after she graduated from North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jessie Gladden recalls how she met her husband while teaching in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jessie Gladden explains how she was assigned to teach at Pimlico Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Jessie Gladden recalls her experience teaching at Pimlico Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jessie Gladden remembers how she was hired as an on-air teacher for 'Newslab'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jessie Gladden recalls earning her master's degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jessie Gladden talks about writing her master's thesis on Vivien Thomas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jessie Gladden talks about writing to medical scientists about Vivien Thomas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jessie Gladden recalls interviewing Vivien Thomas and encouraging him to write a book about himself
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jessie Gladden recalls attempting to film a television program on Vivien Thomas without permission from John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jessie Gladden talks about her work for the Baltimore City Public Schools as an educational administrator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jessie Gladden reflects upon changes in the state's curriculum and educational goals over the course of her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jessie Gladden remembers her husband, Dr. Elzee Gladden
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jessie Gladden talks about a scholarship established in her husband's name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jessie Gladden reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jessie Gladden describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jessie Gladden reflects upon her gift for teaching
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jessie Gladden considers her future hopes and completed goals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jessie Gladden reflects upon her proudest accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jessie Gladden offers advice to future educators
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jessie Gladden describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jessie Gladden reflects upon her marriage and offers advice to others on marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jessie Gladden narrates her photographs