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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Sweets
Favorite Time of Year:
Late Summer and Early Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey.

Birthplace

Born:
4/1/1945
Birth Location:
Savannah, Georgia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Educator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Sweets
Favorite Time of Year:
Late Summer and Early Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey.

Birthplace

Born:
4/1/1945
Birth Location:
Savannah
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Biography

Educator Virginia Edwards Maynor was born on April 1, 1945 in Savannah, Georgia to Freddie Mae Jones-Williams and John Roger Williams. She graduated from Alfred Ely Beach High School in 1963. Maynor earned her B.S. degree from Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia in 1968, her M.Ed. degree in history from Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia in 1974, and her Ed.S. degree from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia in 1982. She also earned a leadership certificate from Harvard University’s Leadership Institute in 1985.

Maynor began her career in education as a third grade teacher in the Horry County School system. From 1969 to 1970, she taught in the Ridgeland South Carolina Public School system. Maynor then joined the Savannah-Chatham County Public School system as a teacher in 1970. She was promoted to the positions of assistant principal, principal, executive director of secondary schools, and deputy superintendent of instruction. In 1998, Maynor became the superintendent of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, where she remained until 2001. She was the school district’s first African American female superintendent. Maynor also represented the First Congressional District on the Georgia State Board of Education.

Maynor received the Outstanding Leadership Award from Savannah State University, the Omega Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Mu Phi Chapter, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Georgia Retired Educators Association, the Citizen of the Year Award from the Mutual Benevolent Society, Inc., an Award of Appreciation from Myers Middle School P.T.A., the Spirit of Education Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the Civil Rights Museum Award from the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum.

Maynor was a member of the Chatham Retired Educators Association, BAPS, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also served as president of the Savannah Chapter of The Links, Inc. from 1995 to 2015, as fund development chair of Greenbriar Children’s Center, Inc. from 2000 to 2012, on the Board of Directors for the Telfair Museum from 2009 to 2011, and on the Board of Directors for Hospice Savannah from 2008 to 2011.

Virginia Edwards Maynor was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 10, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Virginia Edwards Maynor lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Virginia Edwards Maynor lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers the Cann Park neighborhood of Savannah, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers the Cann Park neighborhood of Savannah, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls her influential teachers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers her early love of reading
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her early aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her family's Christmas traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls the entertainment of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls her experiences at Cuyler Junior High School in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers her aspiration to become a psychologist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers joining the Presbyterian church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her involvement at the Butler Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls the construction of a middle school annex at Alfred E. Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers her social activities at Alfred E. Beach High School in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers her prom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls going to the movies at the Star Theatre in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers attending high school football games in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls her decision to attend Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers registering to vote
  • Tape: 2 Story: 15 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 16 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about the civil rights leadership in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her experiences of hiring discrimination in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls her start as a teacher in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her experiences at Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls her promotion to curriculum specialist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers divorcing her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers filing a discrimination complaint against the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her transition from teaching to administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her involvement with the Greenbriar Children's Center in Savannah, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her civic activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her involvement with The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her book club
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes the MOLES organization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her promotion to interim superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Virginia Edwards Maynor recalls her challenges from the board of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers her accomplishments in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her role as a mentor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her mentorship of young educators
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Virginia Edwards Maynor talks about her second marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Virginia Edwards Maynor describes her travels
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Virginia Edwards Maynor reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Virginia Edwards Maynor remembers the election of President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Virginia Edwards Maynor reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Virginia Edwards Maynor shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Virginia Edwards Maynor narrates her photographs