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02 March 2007


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Quaker Head for Oprah Winfrey's South African Leadership Academy
Joan Countryman is the new acting head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which opened to much publicity on 2 January in a town south of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • The school's aim, as previously reported in The Friend, is to educate poor but talented black girls to take up prominent positions within a largely male-based South African society

  • Joan, 66, the retired head of Lincoln School, a Quaker school for girls in Providence, Rhode Island, was also a math teacher and administrator at Germantown Friends from 1970 to 1993
  • In 1958 she was the first African-American graduate of Germantown Friends as well as its first National Merit Scholar
  • Her books include Writing to Learn Mathematics, published by Heinemann Books in 1992
  • Joan, the mother of two other teachers, is married to a Philadelphia architect


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