Ernestine Dearing Hogan


Giving is a gift that has always been a primary source of all of my blessings. As an honor student in high school, I wanted to share what I learned with others. Hence, my career goal at the time was to become a high school mathematics teacher. I attended Spelman College on a full tuition scholarship and reached that goal. I served as a mathematics teacher for 31 years, chairperson of the mathematics department for 3 years, and 7 years as an administrator. This afforded me the opportunity to be a blessing to thousands of students.

During my 31 years as teacher and department chair, I taught everything from basic mathematics, Algebra 1, and geometry to advanced algebra and trigonometry. Also, I served as sponsor and/or coordinator of numerous student organizations. Since I have always believed that all learning does not happen in the four walls of a classroom, I sponsored several student mathematics research projects each school year. Many of my students’ research projects won gold or 1st place not only on the city level but also on the state level as well. My most rewarding experience with sponsoring mathematical research was sponsoring a totally blind geometry student. This student presented his research at the state competition at the University of Georgia and won a gold/1st place in addition to several special awards from the military.

While producing many successful students over the years was very rewarding, I still had personal goals to fulfill. I was blessed to obtain my masters (M. Ed.) in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University (1974) and a doctorate (Ed. D.) in Educational Administration and Supervision (2003) from Clark Atlanta University. After spending 31 years in the classroom, I spent the last seven years in education as an administrator of SMSEA (Science and Mathematics Enrichment Academy)-2000-06 for the Atlanta Public Schools (APS). SMSEA is a student academic initiative between APS and Spelman College, which was funded by a 25 million dollar grant to APS. Serving as the administrator for SMSEA for 7 years afforded me the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and best students and teachers in APS.

Because of the success of so many of my students, I was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions: SECME National Teacher of the Year, Atlanta Public Schools Area Teacher of the Year (1978/1991), to name a few. However, being selected to appear in David Marquis’ book, I AM A TEACHER, (as one selected teacher from each state) was a most rewarding experience. Even though working with students and teachers was rewarding, I always wanted to share my beliefs and insights relative to the true meaning of life with the world through the written word and/or lectures. Therefore, after retiring in 2006, my husband and I co-authored a book entitled INSIGHTS FOR LIFE published by Vantage Press, 2008. Writing this book with my husband presented me the opportunity to share some of my thoughts.

After spending 38 years in the educational arena, I served many bright and hopeful students who needed help to turn their dreams and hopes into reality. Now that I am not working directly with students, I still have the desire to serve and to help provide the support many students need in order for them to reach their goals. I have always been blessed, and through my involvement with E.D. Cubed, Inc. I can continue serving and supporting those students who give their all and deserve every opportunity to turn dreams into reality.

I am a native Atlantan, a member of the First Deliverance Church of Atlanta, and married to Marshall Hogan, who also is a retired teacher and administrator.

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