Texas Tech Celebrates Black History Month
February 14, 2013
Mary Jo Wilson
Mary Jo’s career expands from Booker T. Washington High School in Clarkton, North Carolina; Columbus County Schools in Whiteville, North Carolina; New York City Public Schools in Brooklyn, New York to Lubbock ISD in Lubbock, Texas. Mary Jo retired from public school education in 1998, after 45 years. She then went back to work for another ten years, and retired again in 2008. Mary Jo received her education from Dunbar High School in 1957, in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Langston University in 1963, located in Langston, Oklahoma. Her certifications include: State of Oklahoma Lifetime Certification, 1963; North Carolina State Certification, 1963; State of Texas Lifetime Certification, 1971; New York State Certification, 1974. Mary Jo pursued further studies at City College, New York, 1973 and Texas Tech University, 1985.
She was a member of several professional organizations: National Education Association, Texas State Teachers Association; Texas Music Educators Association; Texas Band Directors Association; and Texas Orchestra Directors Association. Her numerous awards and recognitions include: The Dunbar High School Service Award, 1983; The MLK Arts Image Award, 1987; Dunbar High School Service Award, 1989; Lubbock Independent School District Teacher Of The Year, 1998; Texas Tech College of Education, 1998; Friend Of Dunbar Award, 1998; Baylor University Alumna By Choice, 1998; Dunbar Junior High School Team Award, 1998; Estacado High School Award of Appreciation, 2001; Dunbar Junior High School Service Award, 2002; Delta Sigma Theta Community Service Award, 2002; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2002; African-American Chamber Educators Hall Of Fame, 2007; MLK Individual Of Distinction, 2007; Alderson Middle School Living Legends Award, 2009.
Mary Jo was a church musician for over thirty-five years. Serving St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, Lyons Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, and St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Mary Jo is a former board member of Lubbock Meals On Wheels and the Arts Alliance. She is the second child born to Flora M. and Joe W. Henderson (both deceased). Her siblings are: James, Chester (deceased), Joe Jr. John, Tommy, Odessa, Margaret, Dora, and Linda (deceased) and is the proud mother of two, son, Mark G. Wilson, is employed as a Flight Attendant with Southwest Airlines. He resides in Pearland, Texas, with his lovely wife Connie. Her daughter, Melody A. Wilson, PhD; is a School Administrator in the Aldine Independent School District, and an adjunct professor with both Sam Houston State University and The University of Phoenix. Melody resides in Katy, Texas. Mary Jo is the proud Grandmother of two, Akeeda and Lakeitha; and the proud Great-Grandmother of Zykeya, Za’Riah, and Zaniah. She is the Aunt of several nieces and nephews.