PLAINFIELD, NJ – Hubbard Middle School Principal Kwame Asante held a reception and ceremony to honor Bettie Quinn, a Language Arts Educator at Plainfield Public Schools who passed away recently, leaving many of those who knew her saddened by the loss.
Quinn was a Plainfield resident since 1979, and she had taught at both Jefferson Elementary School and Hubbard Middle School. During her tenure at Hubbard Middle School among the many programs she managed, Quinn administered a program for students to travel abroad for summer educational trips. She was a woman who took charge and created many opportunities for the people around her, according to the many testimonials at the event.
Language Arts Teacher Jacynth Johnson said, “Ms. Quinn was my second mother. When it was too late for me to travel home she invited me into her home and fed me. She gave me advice and most importantly she was kind, community-minded, gracious and always interested in educating the next generation.”
Principal Asante said, “Naming our Library Media Center for Mrs. Quinn seems appropriate, as reading changes lives, as did Bettie.”
Family members, including Quinn's husband Oliver and son Brian, were present at the reception held on June 14 at Hubbard Middle School. The school's students offered their talent to honor Quinn in dance and song. Many also served as hosts and guides to the many visitors who attended the dedication ceremony.
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