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Marilyn Foote Kragbe

She was born in Buffalo, NY.
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Marilyn Foote-Kragbé is the daughter of Lonnie Charles and Mary Ellen Foote. She is the fourth of eight children, born and raised here in Buffalo, NY. She attended Public School 53, Woodlawn Junior High, (presently Buffalo Traditional) and East High School in her former years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Rosary Hill (Daemen College) and was awarded the honor of â??Whoâ??s Who in All Colleges and Universities in 1974.

She lived for 12 years in the Cote dâ??Ivoire, West Africa. There, she became fluent in French. She taught at the International Community School of Abidjan as a teacher in the K â?? 3 grades. She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader and a Summer School Director at this school.

She raised her daughter, a son, and 7 extended family members during her child rearing years.
Her son, Tatchy was active in the Boy Scouts. She served as a Merit Badge Counselor and Parent Committee Member for many years in her sonâ??s troop. Her son achieved the Eagle Scout rank. Tatchy is now married and serving in the Air Force. Her daughter, Lisa was a high school State Champion in the intermediate high hurtles in track and field for New York State. She was awarded a four year sportâ??s scholarship at SUNY Buffalo. Lisa is an active missionary and has traveled to Australia, Honduras, and China, local and statewide missions. She participated with the Federation of Christian Athletic Camps in Erie, PA. She is currently a missionary with the International Student Institute at Buffalo State College.

Ms. Foote-Kragbé received the Masters Degree from SUNY at Buffalo in Elementary Education. After completing her Masters Degree in 1989, she commenced working for the Buffalo Public Schools. Her present position is a fifth grade teacher at the Buffalo Elementary School of Technology #6. Under her fine tutelage, many of her students have distinguished themselves in local, statewide and national poetry competition. In addition, she is an accomplished poet whose works have appeared in both national and local publications. The Buffalo Public School Board awarded Ms. Foote-Kragbé twice the â??Teaching Excellence Awardâ? for her work with her students. February, 2006 a journalist, Ron Watson of the Buffalo News wrote an article about her sixth grade classâ??s project on honoring the fallen African American sailors of Port Chicago, CA during WWII. For her dedication and contributions to the education of children, she was awarded the â??SHEROâ? Award, Making a Difference, One Life at a Time . . . Empire State Federation of Womenâ??s Clubs. Inc. 95th State Convention, July, 2003. She was also awarded the â??Apple of the Teacher Award, November, 2004 with the IOTA PHI Lambda Sorority, Inc, BETA PHI Chapter.

She has published her first Christian childrenâ??s realistic fiction novel called, Puddinhead and her second; Puddinhead and the Chalkboard came out on July 27, 2010. Her third book, Puddinheadâ??s Daddy was honored with an endorser and its debut date is May 2011. She is hoping this will be a beginning to a Puddinhead book series.

Ms. Foote-Kragbé attends church where she sings on the Praise and Worship Team and participates on the Prayer Teams. She has worked as a Sunday School Teacher, choirs, served on the Summer Mission Blitz Buffalo at the Corner Stone Manor, and the Urban Christian Ministry. With a servantâ??s heart, she holds dear this Psalm:

â??Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come
before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.â? Psalm 100: 1 â?? 4 Amen!