Alma Wright began her 56-year teaching career in 1964, emulating the adults she admired most when she was a girl. “My teachers were the ideal — the people I wanted to be.” She grew up in Oviedo, Florida and was bused 30 miles to Crooms Academy High School in Sanford – the only high school in the county for Black students. She joined Future Teachers of America, and when a flu epidemic led to a teacher shortage, FTA members were able to be substitute teachers in the elementary schools. She had found her calling.
After graduation from Knoxville College, Alma moved to Boston, teaching at the Dudley School for five years and at then-new William Monroe Trotter Elementary School for 51! She was also an ABCD Head Start teacher for three summers.
Alma is an active member of Twelfth Baptist Church where she has served as a Sunday school teacher. She volunteers with Strong Women, Strong Girls, whose mission centers on developing the next generation of women leaders, and at the Trotter’s Outdoor Classroom, one of more than 80 such “classrooms” citywide that foster active children, engaged students, independent learners — and stronger communities.
A member of the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association (GTNA), Alma is also a board member with TBC Board of Christian Education, Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT), Friends of the Boston Schoolyards (FOTBS), and The Shelburne Center.