Back to the drawing
juggling the job as its top administrator, Frances
Colon Gibson 74 recently made her artistic mark
on the Magnolia School District.
When school opened in September, the students were presented with
a unique giftGibsons 18 by 20-foot mural of the schools
mascot, the Magnolia Blue Mustang.
Beginning in July and working a few hours every few days, Gibson
completed the mural the day before school opened. It is a
gift from me to the children, she said. I hope they
see me as multi-dimensional, not just as their superintendent.
The last time Gibson painted a mural was in college, when she and
her fellow art students painted a circus scene in Bozorth Hall as
part of a college assignment.
Gibson, a resident of Medford, is New Jerseys first female
Hispanic superintendent. Each year, she gives lectures and participates
in panel discussions dealing with the roles of women, empowerment,
and the need for a strong education. To get away from the stress
of her job, Gibson lives in a log cabin on a lake. There, she hopes
to get back to her artistic roots. It is a part of my life
which I feel I have neglected. The Magnolia Mustang has allowed
me to see that painting is a valuable part of my life.
Years after leaving the College with an art degree, Gibson shared
her talent with children again.