2009 Award Recipient


When Dr. Betts Rivét decided to become a physical education teacher in third grade, she never changed her mind. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with B.A. and M.A. degrees, she also holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and psychology.

The octogenarian started out as a physical education teacher and has served in school systems for over five decades, starting out as a physical education teacher. Then she assumed the roles of school counselor, school psychologist and administrator. After retiring, Betts traveled to China to teach at Hwa Nan Women's College. However, she immediately became so engaged with the students and the college, she is still teaching there sixteen years later. Because of her dedication and extensive influence in education, Betts has been honored with special awards from the city of Fuzhou, the Province of Fujian and the Central Government of China.

Throughout her career, Betts has demonstrated leadership skills and drawn from her innate positive philosophy of life. Compassionate by nature, she has flown her own plane into Mexico with doctors and dentists, and has aided needy students in China with college tuition. Her generosity, selfless giving, ability to accept all people, and zest for living have been an example to those around her.

Betts has always loved adventure and has visited over 70 countries. A widow, she has 3 daughters, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.