28 Wando Drive
most reminds you of your school days?
Sealed With a Kiss & songs from The Messiah
What teacher most influenced you?
K.W. John and Mildred Major
reunions have you attended?
25, 30, 35, 40, 60th Birthday, mini 2005, 45th
Which did you enjoy most?
Fondest memories of your days at Central:
|My life since graduation:
I graduated from Tennessee Tech in 1968 and from UTC in 1974. Until last June when I retired, I taught English and Drama at La Fayette High School in La Fayette, GA. For several years, I sang and played music in some of the better and worse bars in town (we're talking "Country Music Caberet" to "Chattanooga Golf & Country Club"). Occasionally I play for private parties. During the summers, I work as a photographer for my brother Jimmy by taking team pictures at national tournaments all over the country. It's fun to go to Denver, Steamboat Springs, Ft. Worth, and Florida to work. In October, 2001, I traveled to St. Augustine to shoot a girlsí softball tournament.
I renewed my Tennessee Teaching Certificate and am now teaching English at Howard High School (it's now called Howard School of Academics and Technology). I enjoy working with the teachers here. This is the hardest working bunch of teachers anywhere; many of us are at school until 8:30 and 9:30 at night because of the work load. Since the school is on notice, we have to do many dog and pony show type activities and paperwork which are not done in other schools. Of course, the pay is abysmal anyway, and there is no compensation for extra work, as all teachers know. The kids are really needy, too, and they hang around after school for hours with me. So many of them have my heart.
I enjoy going out to comedy clubs,
dinner, concerts, plays--you name it. Camping and hiking are fun. Traveling is
also a passion with me, and it takes so very little to convince me to go
anywhere! Give me 30 minutes to pack, and Iíll be ready in 15. You might
say that neither my children nor I live a rigid or structured life (which
concerns many family members because we have no "schedule" after duties, school,
and church). All three of us are night owls, and we do not know how to
become morning people. You can reach us late at night easier than at "decent"
After teaching 3 years at Howard
High, I had had enough, and resigned. Nobody should be cursed (by students) from
10 to 20 times each day. At present, I am looking for another teaching job
or something in which my skills can be utilized.
Update ~ Nov. 19, 2005
I am teaching 7th and 8th grade English half a day at the Lutheran School on Belvoir Avenue and loving every minute of it. What a wonderful place to send your children and to work! The children behave as well or better than we did when we were in school. The students also know so much that teaching is much easier. They do material I taught in the eleventh grade.
Since private schools pay very little, I am also holding down two classes at Chattanooga State this term. They probably won't need me next term as an adjunct since many students will drop out.
Both schools together earn me half the salary of last year in the below purgatory place called Howard High School, but it's worth it. That place almost killed me. Next month I will be looking for another job to make ends meet.
Update ~ July 24, 2008
After leaving Howard High, I spent two wonderful
years at the Lutheran School (now Belvoir Christian Academy) on Belvoir
Avenue. It was my only time ever to teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, but it
was fun. Problem: Private school salaries are not the best. Last year
(Fall of 2007), I started teaching 10th and 11th grade English at Whitwell
High. It is also a wonderful place with students who actually mind and
learn, and where teachers are treated well by the administration and
parents. What a concept! I also work part time at Wal-Mart in Ooltewah.
Once, in 2001, I retired for about three or four months. That got to be