SPEAKER 2/19/2016

Mary Belle McCorkle is a native Tucsonan, graduate of Tucson High School receiving her three professional degrees at the University of Arizona.  She worked in TUSD as an office manager, a mimeograph operator, teacher, principal, Assistant superintendent, and Governing Board Member. She spent six years in Sunnyside School District as an Assistant Superintendent.  She was interim superintendent of JTED creating its administrative structure and intergovernmental agreements with the Pima County school districts.
She has been recognized for her dedication to public education in many ways and by several organizations. The most significant  was being named Woman of the Year in 1994 by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.  She was humbled to have TUSD's newest school built in 2012 named Mary Belle McCorkle Academy of Excellence, K-8.
She was invited to join Old Pueblo Rotary in l990 sponsored by Herb Waesch. She later served as President of the Club when it met at Viscount.  She is married to Richard, a retired Director of Purchasing and Warehousing Services for TUSD and served on the Tucson Federal Credit Union Board for 12 years.  They have two daughters, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Richard's father founded Bethel Community Baptist Church over 60 years ago where the entire family still worships.