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Profile of philanthropy: Carol Gibson '72 hopes to make a difference through education

September 6, 2018

Carol Gibson ’72 retired from teaching four years ago but continues to volunteer as a library tutor.
Carol Gibson ’72 retired from teaching four years ago but continues to volunteer as a library tutor.

Growing up in a military family, moving every few years was the norm for Carol Gibson ’72. Her family lived in various states and also spent time in France and Japan. Altogether, she attended 11 different schools from kindergarten through high school. Attending the Mount gave her the first chance to stay in one educational setting for four years — the longest she ever spent at any school.

The Mount and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) gave Gibson not just a sense of stability but also provided a constant source of encouragement and support.

“The sisters knew who I was and wanted me to be successful,” Gibson says of the CSJs who mentored and taught her during her undergraduate years. They also instilled in her the belief that she has the ability, skills and responsibility to make a difference.

Years after earning her bachelor’s degree in French, Gibson enrolled in the teaching credential program on the Doheny Campus while working at Columbus Elementary School in the Glendale Unified School District. She later earned a master’s degree in reading and language arts from California State University, Los Angeles.

“Teaching was the way I could make a difference in students’ lives and motivate them to continue their own education,” she says.

She retired from teaching four years ago but continues to help others learn. She volunteers as a one-on-one tutor at the Glendale Central Library, working with adults who want to improve their literacy skills or become more fluent in English.

She is also making a difference for future generations of students by supporting the Sr. Rose Bernard McCabe scholarship through her estate plans. She wants to do her part and ensure that others will have the same kind of financial assistance she received while she was a student at the Mount.


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