Shirley Madison grew up in Charlotte County, Virginia, and graduated from Prince Edward Academy in Farmville, Virginia. She began her college career at Southside Virginia Community College, earning an Associate of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1975. While attending SVCC, she vividly remembers a friendly and enthusiastic faculty who were very student-oriented. Dr. William Webb, Dr. Linda Sheffield, and Dr. Al Yoder possessed and ignited a passion and joy for learning with their expertise in History, Biology, and English/Humanities, respectively.
Shirley transferred to Longwood College (now Longwood University) and completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in 1977 and continues to do what she loves – teach children! “Teaching is complex and demanding. But if you have ever witnessed a child struggle and then finally understand a topic, you’ve felt the reward of student academic growth and success. That’s why I teach!!!”
Employed as a teacher with Mecklenburg County Public Schools, Shirley teaches fourth grade at Clarksville Elementary School, where she is responsible for planning and teaching rigorous, student-engaging lessons and looking for ways to transform them into authentic learning experiences. Additionally, she serves as a mentor in the Pathwise Mentoring Program for new teachers, as well as a teacher in the after-school RAMP Program and the Summer School Program.