Ms. Margaret Vorous
Alumni Makes Pledge to Establish Scholarship in Honor of Professors
Vorous launched her dynamic career in education as a student at Madison graduating in ‘70 with her B.S. in Elementary Education and in ’75 earned an M.S. degree in Education with a focus on Reading. Now, after over 35 years as a teacher in Virginia and West Virginia school systems, Vorous looks back on her time at Madison and fondly remembers four professors who made an impact on her learning experience and the type of teacher she became. To honor these four professors, she has created the Dr. Inez Ramsey/Miss Judith Blankenburg & Dr. F. Rita Kaslow/Dr. Harold D. Lehman Scholarship for The College of Education.
Vorous recalls that Dr. Lehman was her advisor and professor for several Education courses while Dr. Kaslow supervised her student teaching. During work to complete Library Science coursework, Vorous had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Ramsey and Blankenburg taking courses in areas like storytelling. “These four professors were awesome in their subject areas and they are the people who are responsible for my success as an elementary classroom teacher, librarian, reading specialist and storyteller. I want to make sure that these amazing people are honored and remembered at Madison.” Vorous explained. The scholarship will support students studying in Education or the Reading Specialist program to reflect both Vorous’ passion for teaching and literature as well as honor the subject areas of the four professors.
Now enjoying retirement, Vorous continues to be involved with Virginia Educational Media Association (VEMA) and serves as a member of the VEMA Scholarship Committee. In 2006, Vorous was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership. She also regularly attends the Spring Festival of Children’s Literature at Frostburg State University where she has been a presenter and in 2008 received the Betty Roemmelmeyer Children’s Literature Advocate Award for making books come alive in her school library with storytelling, puppet shows and more! Vorous also volunteers as a storyteller for Head Start and teaches activity units about exciting places like Alaska, New Zealand and Australia to residents at Shenandoah Center.
Miss Vorous dresses as Cat in The Hat to bring books to life for Head Start students.