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I am Verner Reid a recently retired Evidence Based Reading (EBRI) Professor at Malcolm X by Highlightly">College (MXC) one of seven Chicago City by Highlightly">Colleges. I am an African American female; dynamic, productive, articulate, smart, intelligent, creative, proactive and mature. My experience at MXC was priceless! The work was painstakingly perplexing. Yet, I loved it with a passion. My separation was the result of a challenging illness and a dire need for hip replacement surgery.
Prior to my tenure at MXC I was employed as a full-time regular substitute teacher. The lack of reading, fluency and comprehension skills of African American students regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds was the nucleus to furthering my education as a non-traditional college student. I made a personal vow to do whatever possible to instill a desire to learn and stimulate growth in education of African American children by teaching their parents; many of whom as I am, a product of a failed by Highlightly">educational system. To achieve that gold I earned a by Highlightly">Masters degree in Communications and Training in 2003 from Governors State University.
I wrote exercise columns, editorials, and commentary for several community newspapers. I am a non-licensed exercise instructor. In my youth workshops I taught young adults how to dress properly, communicate and conduct themselves while on employment interviews; assisted senior citizens and other adults lacking educational and communication skills.
Nearly my entire life I wanted a career in broadcast journalism. I put forth great strides toward fulfillment of that prophecy. Ten of my most meaningful and productive years were spent creating a not-for-profit organization under which The Verner Reid Show (TVRS); a cablecast television program was developed and produced. Within those ten years I interviewed local, national and international celebrities, including Senator Carol M. Braun, Flavor Flav, actress Robyn Douglass and many more not so famous celebrities. It is my bias opinion that doing work in other unrelated fields throughout my lifetime may have been an impetus leading up to having found Reid Productions Incorporated (RPI)., under which The Verner Reid Show was produced. I had to say goodbye to both because they were “literally” non-profit.
The knowledge I have gained through these activities, experiences and accolades are only a few among many adventures that perhaps helped to shape and form me into the human being I have become in my later “formative” years. Currently, I am writing a book entitled: A woman of Substance . It should be ready for publication by mid-March 2015.
It pleases me greatly to be the recipient of a many outstanding awards including Lifetime Achievement Award (2006) Evanston Media Center; Leadership Award (1998) National-Louis University; Image Award (1996) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) local chapter; Second place teacher of the month (2011) Malcolm X College.
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