Teacher in public elementary school for 4 years; child care in home for 18 years; substitute teacher in Portland public schools for 23 years (1989 - 2012)
Northfield / Mount Hermon Memories:
Learned much freshman year at Holton from fine girls from all over New England. Have kept in touch with a handful, but will really enjoy seeing how their lives turned out in the Yearbook. Was given four years of organ lessons free of charge - bless Miss Ann Wight. Loved learning great choral music under Al Raymond, even if I didn't make Estey! Best dummy I had was cleaning at the headmaster's home next to West Marquand. Never knew about Lacrosse 'til taught the rules for gym. Truly enjoyed the music traditions and Mountain Day. Had many fine teachers - hard to pick a favorite. They all showed me great respect, compassion and they all set high standards. The lessons they taught emotionally and spiritually are still remembered by me. I dated very little and mostly watched others make mischief.
Life since Northfield/Mount Hermon
Since I was given a full tuition scholarship at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, I attended there from September 1963 through August 1967, working part time all four years and two summer sessions. I majored in elementary education and minored in French. During junior year I student taught in Salt Lake City. I was recruited to come to Portland, where I taught fourth grade for two years, married in March 1970 in Masti Temple of the Latter Day Saints church, and taught third grand for two years. We had six babies in ten years: three boys and three girls, all healthy. I did child care in our five bedroom home for 18 years, then recertified and started subbing in 1989 until January 2012, largely in libraries. I have tried hard to live up to the Humanitarian Service Award (five whole dollars) given me on Senior Day for volunteering for the PTA, Campfire, my church, and public and school libraries. Summer job: house cleaning for the elderly for the past 22 years (and continuing). Reading, especially historical novels, gardening, church music, baking, and stitchery/sewing are my hobbies. We did a tour of Alaska in 2005 and are looking forward to a tour of the Holy Land in September 2012.
Inspirational/transformative influence on your life
Coming to understand and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been the transformative process most important in my life. It started when I was under my Dad's tutelage (Mount Hermon attendee), continued at Northfield in choirs directed by Al Raymond, then at BYU where I was converted, and continuing in Portland wards for the past 45 years. I've been a teacher, leader, choir member, participant in Sunday School, pianist, organist, and now one-day-a-week missionary who aids homeless persons not of our faith.