When Jeannie Flint graduated from Glendale College in 1966, she may not have realized that she would be busier in retirement than she was in her career as an educator.
“Glendale was such a wonderful, nurturing environment for me,” she says of her time at “junior college,” “I got the [education] bug here. I was even a cheerleader. Cal State LA was very impersonal in comparison, and I always appreciated that Glendale gave me such a good foundation to build upon.”
Flint, who was a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School, went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Cal-State LA and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Pepperdine. In her 28-year career, she worked for 16 Glendale Unified Schools and served as a principal for Cerritos Elementary, R.D. White Elementary and Roosevelt Middle School.
She connects easily with children, even the educationally challenged, and has certificates in both bi-lingual and early childhood education. To this end, her volunteer work has kept her busy even in retirement. She’s currently serving as the president of Las Candelas, a philanthropic organization which raises funds for such worthy causes as curriculum enrichment programs at Hillsides and Hathaway-Sycamores Schools for emotionally challenged K-12 students, the Didi Hirsch Mental Health Facility, YWCA’s Domestic Violence Program and Glendale Healthy Kids.
But the Glendale Community College Alumni Council holds a special place in her heart. “This is a fantastic opportunity for alumni to connect with their college and with other alumni” she says. “There are a lot of ways to get involved from funding educational programs on campus to volunteering your time. I came to Glendale from Canada when I was 12 – and I never left. I guess I knew a good thing when I saw it.”
Flint still lives near the Oakmont Country Club with her husband Dave and two adopted shelter dogs, Samantha and Martin. She has been a docent at the LA Zoo and volunteered at the Glendale Humane Society. She loves animals and is a passionate supporter of foster pets.
“I had a campus orientation tour when I joined the Alumni Association,” said Flint. “The campus has grown so much since I was a student. One of the things I’m really excited about is the Garfield Campus. It is so inspiring to see all of our re-entry students learning English and honing their job skills. They’re struggling and they’re succeeding. It’s so rewarding to be able to contribute to that.”