Gloria Johnson Chandler enjoyed thirty-five successful years as an educator and counselor in
San Antonio and successfully retired in 1995. She is a-product of the San Antonio
Independent School District, graduating from Phyllis Wheatley High School. After her high
school graduation, Gloria attended Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, where she
received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies. She later entered Prairie View A&M
University Graduate School and received a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling.
She later pursued and completed a Mid-Management Certification Program at Southwest
Texas State University.
Gloria's career in the field of education began in SAISD as a Social Studies teacher at Rhodes
Middle School. She was also among the first African American teachers sent to a predominately
white school as a part of the integration process here in San Antonio in the 1960's. Later she
transferred to Burbank H.S. and taught there for three years. She became a Guidance
Counselor and served in that capacity for fifteen years at Wheatly H.S., now known as
Brackenridge H.S. Gloria finished her career as the high school Guidance Counselor at
Highlands H.S. She was also employed at St. Phillips College to help students complete
their GED requirements with the Continuing Education Program.
Gloria enjoyed many civic endeavors. These include: an associate member of the
San Antonio Conservation Society, a member and chairperson of the Scholarship
Committee for the Eastside Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council, a member of the
San Antonio Branch of the NAACP, a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a
member of the Artemesia Bowden Business and Professional Women, and a member of
the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. She also served on the Martin Luther King
Scholarship Commmittee for the City of San Antonio.
Gloria was also a member of several organizations within the Second Baptist Church. These
include: the president of the Women's Missionary Union, president of the Earnest Workers
Circle, and a member of the Hospitality Committee, the Martin Luther King Guild, the
Fidelia Usher Board, and the Consoler Usher Board.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother. She is survived by her
three children Karl Butler, Ponti K. Butler and Charles Byron Chandler in addition to
five Grandchildren and two Great-Granddaughters.