Compton Unified School Trustee Margie N. Garrett
Margie N. Garrett. Long-time Compton Unified School District Board Trustee, Margie N. Garrett succumbs CARSON (MNS) — Margie N. Garrett, the veteran Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees member, who served from 2009-2019, has died.
Margie N. Garrett.
Long-time Compton Unified School District Board Trustee, Margie N. Garrett succumbs
CARSON (MNS) — Margie N. Garrett, the veteran Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees member, who served from 2009-2019, has died. Garrett reportedly passed July 24, from a long-standing illness according to a family spokesperson.
Many remember Garrett as an astute leader and advocate for Compton students. Her passing came as a blow to Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson.
“It brings me great sadness to learn the Compton Unified School District is mourning the loss of one of their fearless leaders, Ms. Margie Garret,” Gipson lamented . [She] has been part of the CUSD family for over 40 years. While serving in many capacities for our children, she remained committed to assuring they received quality education, cleaner and safer learning environments, and fair adequate funding opportunities to her district.”
Garrett won a berth on the CUSD Trustee Board in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013. During Garrett’s first term she served as president, and vice president. From the beginning Garrett was a strong advocate for public education and early child education as the Board’s Legislative Representative, leading CUSD’s legislative advocacy in Washington D.C. and in Sacramento.
Garrett is a native of Texas, who moved to Southern California in 1960 and resided in Compton for more than 50 years. She began her undergraduate educational pursuit at Jarvis Christian College in Texas and continued it at Compton Community College, later going on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Garrett’s mission to improve the quality of education in Compton Unified School District began over 40 years ago when she served as a Duty Aide, Head Start teacher, and State preschool teacher at Marian Anderson Elementary School. She later served as a kindergarten and primary grade teacher at Carver Elementary School and concluded a 43-year career as a Reading First Literacy Coach/Resource Teacher, retiring in June 2009.
For more than 40 years, Garrett was involved as a teacher’s union activist and leader, serving the teachers as president and ice President of the Board of Directors, Bargaining Committee chairperson and as Political Action Chairperson.
Garrett’s involvement at the State Teachers Association level included State Council Representative, Legislative Contact, Liaison Committee, and CTA /ABC Political Funding Committee. Garrett was honored by her California Teachers Association colleagues with the Southeastern Service Center and State Who Award.
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