Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CHANGE IS A GOOD THING

This past General Conference,
they combined the High Priests with the Elders.


Monday, April 16, 2018

APRIL ALPINE ELEMENTARY RETIRED TEACHERS LUNCH



Our Alpine Elementary Retired Teachers's Lunch was held:
Monday, April 16
at Chili's.

Those in attendance were:
Diane Durrant, me, Cheryl Dominguez, Nancy Pope,
Bonna Hanson, Ann Searle, Joy Alldredge, Carolyn Hutchings,
Jane Boulter, Cathy Tibbitts, Diane Walter,
Adonna & Sam Iverson.

It was Sam's first day of retirement.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

MONTHLY ACCOLADES


Once again, my boy, Donovan has won
Rookie of the Month!
This time, March & April were combined.
Sooo, he has won this award
every month, except the first month.
That one was won by Laker, Kyle Kuzma,
who played at the U.

WAHOOOOO!!!
This man is soooo deserving of this award!
We lost the top player last year.
Injuries...Rudy twice.
And, he still gets them to perform!
Great job, Coach Q!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

SEALING

On Thursday, April 5, on Heidi & Kordell's
1st anniversary, they were sealed in the
Mount Timpanogos Temple.
Heidi and I taught together for 33 years.
We retired at the same time (although mine
was a secret).  She taught 2 years before I came
to Alpine.  So, she had a total of 35 years.

Heidi and first husband, Steve, divorced in the
late 80's.  She raised her 2 boys as a single mom
for years and years.
Kordell treats her like gold!

I was happy to attend this special occasion!





Wednesday, April 4, 2018

50 YEARS



April 4, 1968.
I was at the end of my 4th grade year.
Dr. (and Reverend) Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by
James Earl Ray, at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
He was a Civil Rights activist, especially for
African Americans.

He was also famous for his
"I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C.
I have a very vivid memory of this event.
He was on the network news all the time.
(Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley were the 
news anchors . . . no one ever matched them!)

Today.
April 4, 218.
Fifty years!
Getting old.
*Sigh*

Thank you for your service.






Tuesday, April 3, 2018

SECRETARY OF THE CENTURY


KENNETH & SANDRA WALKER

SANDRA WALKER WAS MY SECRETARY AT
ALPINE ELEMENTARY FOR 21 YEARS.
SHE IS TH FIRST PERSON I MET AT WHEN I WENT
TO THE SCHOOL.
SHE WAS SOOOO SWEET AND KIND.
ALWAYS HELPFUL AND WOULD LISTEN.

WHEN SHE RETIRED, AFTER 30 YEARS WE HAD A DINNER AT
MELLOR BANQUET & CATERING.
CARL MELLOR WAS HER FIRST PRINCIPAL.
EVERY FACULTY MEMBER WAS THERE, EXCEPT
ANALEE, WHO HAD A MANDATORY 
TAB CHOIR REHEARSAL.
MANY TEACHERS FROM THE PAST CAME.

EACH PRINCIPAL SPOKE, AND THEY ALL SAID
THE SAME THING.
WHEN AN IRATE PARENT CAME TO THE SCHOOL,
SHE GOT THEM ALL SETTLED DOWN BEFORE
THEY WENT IN TO THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE!
UNBELIEVABLE!

SHE HAS SINCE MOVED TO ST. GEORGE.
I MISS HER.
SHE WAS NOT ONLY LOVED, BUT BELOVED.

Monday, April 2, 2018

MICHELLE

Michelle Holbrook taught 2nd grade
at Alpine Elementary in the early '90s.
She is great!
This article appeared in the Utah Valley Magazine.
It was about "Fab 40" . . . 40 people in Utah County
who make a difference.

She currently teaches Resource at
Lehi High School.







Monday, March 26, 2018

LEGENDS + 1

It's always a great day when John & Karl come to town!
(Mark lives in Jeremy Ranch, and Jerry lives in Herriman)
Together???
I think he last time they were together her was for
Larry H. Miller's funeral.
They come separately for business with the car dealerships.

Love this pic of the Jazz "legends of all legends" plus
our newest "turning into a legend," Donavan Mitchell.

I'm sure the real reason they were here is to support
the newest Jazzman, David Stockton!
David is now on his second "10 game contract."
After that, they sign him for the rest of the season,
or release him.

David is John's #3 son!  He was always playing on the
court after a Jazz game!
Karl is his godfather.  Love the support!!!

He has played in different G-League and overseas.
He even played with CJ when the Clippers sent him to
the Canton Charge!
He recently played for the Reno Big Horns.

John & Nada with 5 of their 6 children.
(Samuel had not been born)
David has his hand on his mom's shoulder.

John Stockton is 56 today, March 26!  (gasp!)
Best present was David played at the end of the
Jazz vs Warriors game, and received his second
10-game contract.  After this contract, they let him go,
or he's signed for the end of the season!

#shortstoolongforastockton

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT THE TEST SCORES




TEACHERS WHO MADE ME FEEL THIS WAY:

ELEMENTARY
SELMA MILLER . . . 1ST
WANDA PETERSON . . . 3RD
DUANE DURRANT . . .  4TH
CECIL HANSEN . . . PRINCIPAL

JUNIOR HIGH
LOREE BROWN . . . SPANISH
JANICE MAYNE . . . HEALTH
BROTHER MERRILL HANSEN . . . SEMINARY
DOUG NICHOLES . . . PRINCIPAL

HIGH SCHOOL
STAN REID . . .  SPANISH & US HISTORY
ANN JAUSSI . . . PE
JAY ALLEN . . . BIOLOGY
BROTHER NATHAN (ST. NATE) ADAMS . . . SEMINARY
MARGARET SYKES . . . SECRETARY

DIXIE JR. COLLEGE
EDNA GREGERSON . . . ENGLISH (former neighbor)
PAT ROPER . . .  PE
MIKE WOODWARD & DON HINTON . . . DEBATE & FORENSICS
ROENE DIFIORE . . .  PROGRAM BUREAU & MUSIC FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

BYU
MARIE TUTTLE . . . LANGUAGE ARTS FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
MARVIN ALLEN . . .  ART FOR THE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
HAROLD WOLFGRAM . . .  STUDENT TEACHER SUPERVISOR

ALPINE DISTRICT CLASSES
SARA HACKEN . . . US HISTORY

CLASSIC



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY, MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER!


     It was March 20, 2013, when I walked into my foot doctor's office, and was
 taken out in a wheelchair! I had Charcot Foot...which was at least 10-12 broken bones
 in my foot. I spent my last 2 1/2 months of my teaching career in a wheelchair.  
(My 37 kiddos were soooo great to help me, and push me in the wheelchair!)  I was 
basically laid up for 5 months, and in a boot for 8 months. I retired from teaching 
after 33 years, and released from the Mount Timpanogos Temple after serving
 as an ordinance worker for 16 years. I was facing possibly many surgeries, 
and I thought my life was over! 
I retired on May 30. Everything worked out (since I missed the retirement deadline)
 even having health insurance from retirement until 2019...cuz I'm so young! 
 (Then I pay until Medicare, bleh!  But, thanks to the district, any teacher
who retires, that was hired before 1990, receives a 3% stipend x number 
of years taught!  HUZZAH!)

First class . . . 1980

First Faculty . . . 1980

Last class (plus entire 5th grade) . . . 2013
I stood at the last second.  See my boot?

Last Faculty . . . 2013
(Notice the quality of pictures changed in 33 years!)


I was called at the end of July 2013 to be in the Stake Relief Society Presidency. 
My Stake President set me apart, and blessed my that I would be healed! 
I never had surgery!

Summer was LONG!  My mom drove me every morning at 7:00 a.m. to the 
AF Rec Center to swim, and my BFF drove me home.  At the end of August, 
I was given the green light to drive! The next month, my doctor said I could go to BYU football and Jazz games!  And my life has been better ever since!!!
That's why I like to post  on Facebook where I am...because I was cooped up soooo long! 
I love the retired life!

It's still hard to start walking after I have sat a long time...but after about a dozen steps, 
it's all good. I wear shoes that have a lot of cushion to help with the support. I also 
wear braces everyday. I use my fancy cane when needed,
and I limp slightly.  I can live with that!

Loved my foot dr. Gary Ridge!  Also, Jill Roylance, and Elyse Hawks!
And, after Dr. Ridge retired, I have loved my new doctor, Daniel Patty!

Thanks to everyone who helped transport me everywhere in my non-driving days..Lori Chadwick, Don Beckstrand, Annalea Warwood, Ashley Kelly, Dixie Mitchell, Condita Washburn, Adonna Iverson , Heidi Park, Renae Reese, and anyone else I forgot! 
 Also, all my school friends, and especially my 5th grade kiddos! 

I've still have had foot problems now and then...partially torn achilles (had to speak
in a Sacrament Meeting sitting on the stand...but, the high councilman
was glad he didn't have to speak the entire time!), foot ulcers, and a broken toe.
But, I make it work!  

My original plan was to retire this year . . . 2018.  I would have had 38
years in, just like my mom!  Then, I would have had my 6 years of insurance
until Medicare.  As it is, I will have to pay for my own insurance after next year.

All of my friends are now gone from Alpine Elementary. 
But,  I see all my retired friends once a month for lunch...way more than I saw
them while still teaching!

It took me until about March of my first year out, that I could sleep in,
and not feel guilty!  I have never been soooo happy in my life!
Doing what I want, when I want. 
Being a "stay at home aunt" is the absolute best!!!
And I LOVE making an appointment, and not having to say,
"after 4:30 p.m.!"

My first trip to St. George by myself for 5 days
(Dixie roommate's son's wedding), after retirement,
I kept saying to myself, "I didn't have to make lesson plans!"

Besides Stake Relief Society presidency, I am on the
board of directors of 
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

This is when I announced to the Lone Peak High School
Student Council that they were the only high school
to win a national award!
2017

I am also the president in the state of Utah for
Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority for outstanding women educators.
(Hahaha...I'm the only one looking at the camera, cuz it's my phone!)

And the best part of retirement, is being a 
"Stay At Home Aunt!"
It's great to be able to go to all of the school programs,
choir concerts, dance festivals, Christmas Sings,
graduations, of my great nieces and nephews! 
Having the "Grandma Pass" at Thanksgiving Point has
been soooo fun!!!

My great nieces and nephews (plus Heidi)

My nieces and nephews.  All born during my first decade of teaching!
Heidi  . . .  year 7, Chris  . . . year 1.  (He was 3 months old
when I started teaching), Katie . . . year 10, McKay . . . year 6,
Ashley . . . year 4, Camille . . . year 2.
These kids were the BEST helpers at school!!!
Putting up bulletin boards, checking papers, getting desks arranged,
moving things, etc.
(Of course, when I just had the girls, they were extremely motivated
to get the room ready quickly to start school, because I would
take them school clothes shopping in Park City!)

Nieces, nephews, and spouses with my mom.

All 32 members of my family!
(Good thing my only sibling decided to
multiply and replenish the earth!)

Retirement is almost too good to be true...knock on wood!
I almost don't even remember teaching...but when I do, it's all the
good memories!


Presenting . . .
All the different forms of transportation and
Footwear . . .

 Wheelchair
 Secretly cleaning out my room on Memorial Day.
Lots of help from the cute kiddos...Oakley, Jaycie, Addie, and Preston.
Also...Ashley, Laurel, Mike, Katie

Helping the day before were McKay, Lori, Cole, Haley, and Lily.

Don Beckstrand was a great help the last 2 days...bringing his truck,
taking me and stuff home, packing it downstairs, and getting the wheelchair home!


Crutches
(Officially the official day of retirement)

Store Scooter
Woooohoooo!  
Holy Cow!  This was fun!!!

The boot
Shayla's soccer game


Boot over pants
Camry and Katie's birthdays

 Cierra and I comparing boots at Jazz game.
(Look at the twinners in front of us!)

Hahahaha...this is a picture I took looking at my feet.
I'm pushing a cart at WalMart...first outing without my boot!
(Notice how the right shoe is cleaner?  That was my boot foot!)

 Meet my new shoes!
(Dr. Scholl's)

Soft Brace
I wore this soft brace everyday over my sock, before I got
my hard brace.  Now, I wear it on the left foot, for support.
(Partially torn Achilles tendon 2 years ago)

Hard Brace
I am now on my 2nd hard brace.
They cast my foot, then saw it off.  It exactly
fits my foot!!!
This really helps to stabilize my foot.

Cane
Fancy schmancy cane.
It helps soooo much in a big place,
like the temple, on trips, bad weather, etc.

Retirement is not the end . . . but just the beginning!

ALL HAIL RETIREMENT!!!