By Nathan Kerner
Milwaukee native Margaret Hollmon (nee Bell) has always wanted to help others. It drove her to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Social Work at UW-Milwaukee in 1972. She would find employment as a case worker at St. Michael’s Medical Center. But there was always something else, a desire to teach, and to help those with learning disabilities. Both desires would lead her to get her teaching certification in 1979. She would follow this career path for the next twenty-five years.
Margaret would work for Milwaukee Public Schools for four years. When her Husband Ralph found a job with the state government, the Hollmon family moved to Madison. Margaret would find employment with the Madison Metropolitan School District. The Hollmons would return to Milwaukee in 1988. Margaret would return to MPS that year, and would continue to work there until her retirement in 2004.
Despite being retired, Margaret has not been able to stop working with those in need. For the last twenty years, Margaret and Ralph have rented out three of their own rental properties to families with moderate incomes. Calling the endeavor Home and Consulting LLC, the Hollmons are able to rent out the properties at about half the price.
Margaret’s volunteer experience is extensive. Among her accomplishments is working as a master tutor for Retired Senior Volunteer Program, where she tutored MPS students in reading skills; Milwaukee Succeeds, which is committed to providing educational opportunities to Milwaukee youth; and being a Math Instructor for Nonpublic Educational Services Inc.
But the accomplishment that is nearest to Margaret’s heart is an accomplishment that she had not quite expected. For the last ten years, Margaret has “adopted” an impoverished family. The family, who has ten children, has been provided with food, clothing, and other material support by the Hollmon family. Of all her accomplishments, this one is dearest to Margaret. It is one of many acts in a long life of community service.
Margaret Hollmon lives with her husband of forty years, Ralph. Among the accolades she has been awarded include the Outstanding Teacher award from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators, and being rated as a Distinguished teacher, the highest designation, every year she worked for Nonpublic Educational Services Inc.