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Betty J. Blaisdell

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Date published: 11/3/2012

Betty J. Blaisdell

Betty Jefferson Blaisdell, 80, of Fredericksburg, ended her earthly journey on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

Mrs. Blaisdell was the daughter of Elliott Emmet Jefferson and Virginia Powell Jefferson Harper. She was a graduate of James Monroe High School. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Mary Washington and M.Ed. from the University of Florida. After a thirty-three-year career as a teacher and an administrator, she retired from Fairfax County Public Schools as coordinator of Secondary English Language Arts.

Mrs. Blaisdell taught students at every grade, from kindergarten to graduate level. She taught at the University of Florida as a model teacher for graduate students and taught public school teachers in graduate courses at George Mason University. She served as an adjunct professor supervising student teachers at the University of Mary Washington.

In her professional career, she served as president of the English Teachers Association of Northern Virginia and of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English. She initiated and co-directed with George Mason University the Northern Virginia Writing Project of the National Writing Project. She served as judge of grant proposals for the National Endowment for the Humanities and for the national essay contest for the United States Information Agency. She was a speaker and program presenter for numerous national organizations and author of national publications including a booklet for the U.S. Department of Education. She served as a consultant to the National Education Association (NEA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (VATE). She also served as a consultant to professors at Auburn University and Pembroke University, and as a consultant to a WETA program on children's literature which won an Emmy award. Mrs. Blaisdell also served as the first public school chairman of the Evaluation Board of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, evaluating programs at universities throughout the United States. Always a teacher, she taught at-risk children for the past 11 years in an after-school program and served on the board of directors of Olde Forge Junction/Stafford Junction.

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