Margarette Chambliss honored by Rotary Club of Fleming Island

Local educator selected as a ‘Local Hero’ following 41-year career

For Clay Today
Posted 9/22/20

FLEMING ISLAND – Margarette “Jeanne” Chambliss was selected as the Rotary Club of Fleming Island’s Local Hero. A Local Hero is an individual that has shown leadership in their organization, …

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Margarette Chambliss honored by Rotary Club of Fleming Island

Local educator selected as a ‘Local Hero’ following 41-year career

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FLEMING ISLAND – Margarette “Jeanne” Chambliss was selected as the Rotary Club of Fleming Island’s Local Hero. A Local Hero is an individual that has shown leadership in their organization, been a person of action and made a positive, real difference in our community.

After modeling in her younger years, she attended Jacksonville University. After graduating from JU, she taught at Terry Parker High School and later earned a Masters Degree at the University of North Florida.

Ms. Chambliss taught advanced English courses at the high school and state college level for more than 41 years. During that time, she has tutored numerous students for SAT, ACT, AP Language and AP Literature exams. Her tutoring specialties are grammar review, vocabulary enhancement, and writing skills. Ms. Chambliss mentors high school seniors, starting with the college application process to adapting successfully from the high school setting to the university environment

Chambliss’s career included teaching at Florida State College Jacksonville and working with Orange Park High’s gifted program. She remains close with many of her students, including Greg Smith, who graduated from Orange Park High when he was 10 years old. Chambliss appeared in a segment of 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley about her work with the young genius. Her innovative and creative teaching methods – particularly the Great Gatsby parties, recreations of the sets and props for “The Glass Menagerie” and “The Scarlett Letter” – are legendary. “

Ms. Chambliss celebrated her retirement by sky diving with five of her students and now has more time to read, travel and perhaps try her hand at writing and talking.

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