From the Schomburg: Geraldine Wilson’s Resume


Undated photo, Geraldine Wilson Papers, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

I concluded my summer travels…YAY! Panama was beautiful (will post later about that), gentrified Harlem treated me well, and Pennsylvania was full of reunions and research. I am still processing my research notes from the Schomburg. This time I carefully searched and read through her collection for I was not visiting with a specific purpose (i.e. conference presentation). The first folder (Box 1), which I somehow overlooked, contained five different resumes. Shame on me. Each resume broke every professional rule, in better terms it was too long. For this I say thank you Geraldine.

(I compiled each of her documents together into one master resume)

The Templar, 1955, US Yearbooks

Geraldine L. Wilson
541 East 11th Street Apt. 1A
New York, New York 10009
212 982-0419


Philadelphia High School for Girls

Temple University-B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (minor in Sociology)

New York University-M.A. in Human Relations-1968

University of Ghana – Certificate for study in African History, Art and Culture-1970

New York University- doctoral candidate in early childhood/teacher training (course work completed and dissertation in progress)

Present Work Experience

Project Director
New York City Head Start Regional Training Office
New York University, School of Education

Employment History

Summer 1953 and 1954 – Associated Day Care Services, Franklin Day Care Center, Miss Elizabeth Bjorling, Director, 719 Jackson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Assistant teacher in three and four year old groups.

Summer 1955 and 1956 –  Miquon Country Day School, Day Camp Program; Mr. Robert Conway, Director, Kikino Park, Pennsylvania. Counselor in the five year old group.

Summer 1958 and 1959 – Day Care Division of the Board of Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Substitute teacher in four and five year old groups

September 1955 to June 1959 – Philadelphia Board of Education. Kindergarten Teacher

September 1959 to September 1962 – Director of Children’s Program, United Neighbor Association, House of Industry, 619 Catherine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mr. T. Snedley Bartram. Responsibilities: Budget, records, supervision of students and part-time staff, program planning.

September 1962 to July 1964 – House Director, United Neighborhood Association, House on Industry. Responsibilities: Budget, records, supervision of students and part-and full-time staff; program planning, recruitment and training of volunteers, delegation of duties to staff.

March 1965 – March 1966 – Neighborhood Children’s Center, 1833 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York. Assistant Director.  Responsibilities: Ordering supplies, health program, classroom program in five, six, and seven year groups, teacher education committee.

March 1966 to September 1966 – Citizen’s Care Day Care Center, 131 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, New York. Director of Center

Instructor- in early childhood education; Teachers College, Columbia University, and The New School for Social Research, Social change theory and laboratory field work; New York University, the Professional and the Community Person in Partnership; The New School for Social Research and Teachers College, Columbia University.

Co-planner-Mississippi Institute for Early Childhood Education (funded by Field Foundation) Jackson, Mississippi

Consultant Work

New York University Head Start Training Program (June 1966): Trained Head Start teachers and aides in art for the young child.

Child Development Group of Mississippi (September 1966): Led workshops in child development; Prepared film strip to be used in training programs and in work with board committees; Compiled book of children’s paintings to be used for teacher training and community education, publication pending. (June 1967): Seminars and workshops with Central Staff in the development of goals for Demonstration Centers.

Milwaukee Head Start Program (September 1967): Goals and philosophy of the Head Start Programs

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Get Set Program (June 1967): Art in the pre-school as related to self-image

SUTEC Project –Queens College– Parent, staff, student workshops on education of the poor child (May 1967)

New York City Head Start Summer Programs (June 1967)

New York Early Childhood Education Association (March 1967) : Art Workshop for Assistant Teachers

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Head Start

Friends of Children of Mississippi

Ossining School Board: Ossining, New York

Woodward School; Brooklyn, New York

Teaneck School Board; Teaneck, NJ : Work with administrators and staff around racism and other social issues affecting the education of students and staff behavior and performance

Parent Child Center; Newark, New Jersey

Harlem Parents Committee; New York, New York; Staff training for work with parents and staff

North Carolina Central University; Durham, North Carolina; Training with Office of Dean of Women, staff and students

Hunter College Elementary School; New York City Staff, student and parents needs assessment and training geared to alleviate home relations problems. Analysis of School provided.

Volunteer Service History

Philadelphia Tuberculosis and Health Association (1960-193): Securing of volunteers for special projects; volunteered time in film department

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (Since 1953): Held various offices and committee chairmanships including 1. Adviser to undergraduate chapter (1957-1960); 2. Chairman of Job Opportunities Committee (1962-1964)- Planning and coordinating workshop held in junior high schools; involved work with school faculty, parents, representatives of business, vocational, industrial and occupational areas; included preparation of kits for students and the production of a slide program; each year involved approximately two thousand students 3. Member of National Social Action Committee (1965-1966) – Resource person for Regional Social Action Workshop.

Christian Social Relation Department of the Diocese of Pennsylvania of the Episcopal Church; Member of the Board of the Department 1963 – 1964; Member of Social Welfare Committee and the Racial Understanding Committee.

Fellowship Commission of Philadelphia (1963-1964): Member of Committee on Equal Job Opportunity; Resource person for the planning of workshops on job training, drop-outs, college preparation held in various of the city.

Philadelphia Association of Settlements (1963-1964): Secretary to Executive Committee of Philadelphia Association of Settlements; Member of Human Relations Committee.

Civil Rights Work in Mississippi (1964): Worked with Public School Principals in the state helping students get readmitted to school; Teaching special work-study student courses at Tougaloo College; locating students to take advantage of educational offers sent into the state; Community organization in Jackson.

Albany, Georgia (July 1965): Set up and participated in a training session designed to teach skills to community people interested in working with pre-school children; Held seminars for teachers in Albany Georgia Head Start Program.

Areas of Specializations

Early Childhood Education (Child development: socialization, Development of Self-concept, Program Models)

Curriculum Development (Particular interests-creative arts, language, social studies, blocks)

Black History and Cultures; especially the Family and Children

Staff training in administration and Human Relations

Program Evaluation


NAEYC- local, state, and national
Day Care Council of New York City
Day Care and Child Development Council of America
ASCD- state and national
Black Early Childhood Group of New York City (Co-Chairwoman)
Langston Hughes Child Development Center (Chairwoman)

What an amazing woman!

Until the next post,


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