For the years of caring and commitment to children, families and co-workers, Judy is recognized on the Donor’s Wall of Fame by her fellow USD 253 counselors
Judith was born in New Jersey. She has also lived in New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Floria and Pittsburg, Kansas.
Judy graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She earned her Master of Science in Elementary Guidance and Counseling in 1983 from Emporia State University.
During her 27 year career, Judy was a classroom teacher for 12 years and a school counselor for 15 years. In 1961, Judy began teaching kindergarten in Kansas City, Kansas. She taught for two years before staying home as a mother to her three children: City, Scott and Jill. In 1974, she returned to teaching kindergarten; this time for the Seaman District in Topeka. Two years later, she transitioned to teaching first graders. In 1985, she became a counselor for the Seaman District. In 1988, she moved to Emporia because of marrying Dr Bill Samuelson, Professor of Education at Emporia State University. Throughout her tenure with USD 253, she worked as a school counselor at Logan Avenue School, William Allen White School, Maynard School, Butcher School and Head Start. She retired in May 2000.
Her professional memberships included the Kansas Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association, the Kansas Education Association and the National Education Association. Judy was recognized by the University of Kansas with a 25-year Certificate of Appreciation. She and her husband, Bill, initiated the Peer Mediation training in the elementary buildings in Emporia and they remain committed to that endeavor even in their retirement.
Known as “Mrs S” by many of her students, Judy’s soft-spoken ways helped comfort and encourage those who sought her help. Many children and families benefited over the years from Judy’s genuine concern. Taking her responsibility as an advocate for children very seriously, Judy always sought what was best for the child. Staff members, too, could count on her as a confidential resource for professional, as well as personal, concerns. She enjoyed the friendships that she developed with the children and staff throughout her career. She will be missed.