Dr. Arlene Clinkscale Education Initiative

Dr. Arlene Clinkscale Education Initiative

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Arelene W. Clinkscale knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in teaching. Throughout her decades long career in education, Dr.  Clinkscale has been a role model and trailblazer in education in Rockland County, New York.  Throughout her career, Dr. Clinkscale achieved many “firsts” for African American women. Dr. Clinkscale was the first African American school teacher hired in Pearl River, New York. Additionally, she was the first African American woman principal in Rockland County. Finally, later on in her career, Nyack Public Schools hired Dr. Clinkscale as superintendent of schools, making her the first African American woman superintendent of a public school district in the state of New York.

The African American Historical Society of Rockland County (AAHS) honors Dr. Clinkscale for her many years of service, and as of 2019 has established  The Dr. Arlene Clinkscale Education Initiative. The Dr. Arlene Clinkscale Education Initiative, is dedicated to researching the history of education in Rockland County and sharing resources for teachers regarding the history of African American education.  Resources include links to professional development centered on teaching about the African Diaspora and programs and events that highlight the contributions of African Americans, especially in Rockland County to the field of education.

Much of our work is accessible to the public through the AAHS website, through public programming and various other media. The AAHS will also begin work with others in the county to establish the Dr. Arlene Clinkscale archives that will be shared with local libraries.

Explore more about the legacy of Dr. Clinkscale:

Articles

Interview with Dr. Arlene Clinkscale

1st African American Teacher in Pearl River
1st African American Female Principal in Rockland County
1st African American Female School Superintendent in NY State

Dr. Arlene W. Clinkscale is a role model and ground-breaker in the world of education in Rockland County.  Not only was she the first African American school teacher hired in Pearl River, but she was also the first Black female principal in Rockland, and Nyack made her the first African American woman selected as superintendent of a public school district in New York State.  Born in Brooklyn…


Nyack Education Pioneer Arlene Clinkscale

https://newyorkhistoryblog.org/2019/11/nyack-education-pioneer-arlene-clinkscale


Superwoman of Public Education

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Rockland Women Leaders Hall of Fame

Audio/Podcasts

New York Heritage Digital Collections
Arlene Clinkscale Oral History Interview Part 1: Early Life, Family, Education, and Coming to Rockland County

Arlene Clinkscale discusses her early life and family, her educational background, coming to Pearl River to work as a teacher in 1960, and the struggle to find housing as an African American in Pearl River, NY in the early 1960s.

Arlene Clinkscale Oral History Interview Part 2: Church, Overcoming Obstacles, Community Involvement, and Perspectives on Education Today

Arlene Clinkscale discusses church and her work as the first African American woman to become a Superintendent of Schools in New York State and going back to work as a principal in Englewood at the end of her career.

Arlene Clinkscale Oral History Interview Part 3: The Bridge Builder

Arlene Clinkscale remembers growing up in Virginia, her parents, and the span of her career in education.


Arlene Clinkscale On Teaching And Coming To Rockland

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Actor Lawrence Saint-Victor of the soap opera “Guiding Light” fame with Board of Trustees President Dr. Arlene Clinkscale at 25th RCC Foundation Anniversary Spotlight Awards. 2007

Dr. Arlene Clinkscale is a board member of the African American Historical Society of Rockland County and both a past President and Board member of Rockland Community College.

Dr. Arlene W. Clinkscale was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Campus Fun & Learn Child Development Center for a two-year term ending in October, 2013.

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African American Education in Rockland County
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Comments ( 2 )

  • FANTASTIC interview!! A clear and motivational “peek” into how far we, as female educators, have had to come. We stand on the shoulders of great Black and or female Educators who have charted career paths for so many, myself included.
    Thank you Dr. Clinkscale for paving “our” way!!

  • Rita Cammarata

    Dr. Clinkscale is truly an amazing women who has broken threw the glass ceiling. I feel honored and blessed to know her.

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