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Eleanor Brown
VHFP Visionary


Born in San Antonio, Texas

Guidance Counselor, Principal & Former President of Jack and Jill of America








BIOGRAPHY
Eleanor DeLoache was born on a farm in San Antonio, Texas. Both of her parents were farmers and Eleanor, along with her eleven brothers and sisters, helped to keep the farm up and running. Eleanor learned the values of hard work and discipline at a young age, and those values still remain with her today. Eleanor attended Prairie View State College in Hempstead, Texas. There she took up a concentration in Home Economics and Elementary Education. Eleanor excelled in academics and was a member of the tennis team. To help herself become financially stable, Eleanor held a job outside of school. When she was a senior in college, Eleanor’s coach told her about an opportunity that would allow her to go to graduate school for free in Kansas City. Kansas State University was offering free tuition to African American graduate students with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Eleanor was quick to take it. She graduated from Prairie View in 1940 and the following year she began her Master’s studies. In 1941 she received her Master’s Degree from Kansas State University in Home Economics and Child Development. She then worked as a teacher’s assistant for many years at various accredited Universities.

When she married her first husband Mr. DeLoache, they quickly began starting a family. Her son George DeLoache was born on July 7, 1948, and her daughter Yvonne E. DeLoache (Edmonds) was born on September 23, 1950. As most women did in this time, she put her career on hold to raise her children. She continued to be a stay at home mother until 1956. She was offered a job at Eleventh Avenue Elementary school in Columbus, Ohio. With her husband’s permission she went back to work as a first grade teacher. She was a first grade teacher for eight years and then she moved on to become an enrichment teacher for two years. After ten years at the Eleventh Avenue Elementary school, she went back to school and got her certification to become a counselor for at Ohio State University. She then became a counselor for at Indianola Junior High school, where she worked for a year before relocating to Barrett Junior High school where she was also a counselor. In 1969 she once again changed schools and began working at Moler-Smith Road Elementary school, as a counselor. She moved around the Ohio state school district quite a lot, but her final destination was her principal position at Oakland Park Traditional Elementary school in Columbus, Ohio. She worked at this school for 15 years before retiring.

Despite her many academic and career achievements she also excelled outside of those two fields. She was very active in many different organizations. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, she was the past national president of Jack and Jill of America, and she was a member of the Women League of Voters (just to name a few). Mrs. Brown has lived a very fulfilling life. Everything that she has ever been a part of has been a tool for her to help someone else. Her life is not lived in vain, and everyone who has come in contact with Mrs. Eleanor DeLoache Brown can vouch for that.


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