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Phoebus High School graduate publishes book, Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly, a 1987 graduate of Phoebus High School, recently published the book, Hidden Figures, a story about black female mathematicians who worked for NASA and the space program during the 1960s.  A movie of the same title is scheduled to be released on Christmas Day of this year.

Shetterly, who also attended Smith Elementary School and Eaton Jr. High School (now Eaton Middle School) as a part of her education growing up, attended the University of Virginia, where she studied finance.  She worked on Wall Street for several years before moving into the area of Internet media.  She and her husband also lived in Mexico, where they started an English language magazine for expatriates.  They also ran an Internet consulting business before moving back to the United States.

Shetterly said, “I think I got a fundamentally solid education here.  I had good teachers who cared a lot.  I had a range of challenging classes.  I always felt that I was able to push up against my limits in the schools and in the classes that I was offered.”

Shetterly emphasized that it was really important to her that she went to an integrated school division.  “I went to school with white kids and black kids.  There were children from Vietnam who had resettled here and kids from the Philippines.  There are lots of military families.  I went to school with the mayor’s daughters and I also went to school with kids from public housing.”

Shetterly presently resides in Charlottesvile, VA, but returns to Hampton often to visit family.  She says she has been busy promoting her book and that she is excited about the release of the movie.

Shetterly is featured on our Shining Stars Alumni Series.  Click here to view the video:

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