Celestia Susannah Parrish Photo

Celestia Susannah Parrish

Born: Sep 12, 1853

Death: Sep 7, 1918

Birthplace: Pittsylvania County

Nationality: United States

Celestia Susannah Parrish

Date of Birth : Sep 12, 1853
Date of Death : Sep 7, 1918
Birth Place : Pittsylvania County

Celestia Susannah Parrish was an American educator. She was born the daughter of a plantation owner on September 12, 1853 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She was orphaned by age 10 and was taken under the care of relatives until her uncle’s death five years later. At that point, she took up a job as a community schoolteacher to support her younger brother and her sister but struggled with her early teaching experiences. Parrish's early life was difficult, but she was determined to support her family and to obtain an education for herself. In 1874, she accepted a position as a teacher in Danville, Virginia which allowed her to begin taking classes at Roanoke Female College with her younger sister. In 1876, she graduated but went on to take two more years of schooling at the Virginia State Normal School. In 1892, Parrish had gained a significant reputation for her teaching and was offered a position at the newly opened Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia as the chair of mathematics. Under this position, she was also responsible for philosophy, pedagogy, and psychology.

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