From Harford County Public Schools:
Mabel E. Hart is a product of the Harford County Public School system, where she received the foundation of her education before moving on to higher learning institutions. In 1939, she completed her teacher training at State Teachers College, in Bowie, Maryland. She credits her first grade teacher for influencing her to become a teacher. She continued her education by earning her bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in 1965. In addition, Ms. Hart attended University of Delaware for a special program in which she received a Reading Specialist certificate upon completion.
Ms. Hart began teaching in Howard County before returning to her roots in Harford County to continue her career. She taught at Havre de Grace Consolidated School from 1945 to 1965, and she remained there when the school became Oakington Elementary, continuing to teach from 1965 to 1978, at which time she retired. Ms. Hart says what she treasured most about her job was taking care of the children and providing them the best possible education she could.
“Ms. Hart was firm yet diligent in ensuring I gave my very best each day,” said former student of Havre de Grace Consolidated School Lenora E. Robinson. “As she nurtured me, I soon became a confident and conscientious student who maintained my grades and remained on the Honor Roll for years to come.”
Ms. Hart has served others selflessly through the years. She taught adults to read and write at no charge, volunteered at the Perry Point Veterans Hospital and – at the call of the President of the United States at the time – served an entire summer teaching migrant workers in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.
She has fed the hungry, helped the homeless and supported many through her church. She was nominated as one of Harford’s Most Beautiful People for her substantial volunteer efforts and contributions to her community.
Ms. Hart has traveled extensively throughout the United States and many other countries. She also enjoys reading and writing, and has published several poems.
Ms. Hart was nominated for induction into the HCPS Educators Hall of Fame by former colleague Janice Grant, and received endorsements from former colleague Cora Fleming and Ms. Robinson.