Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's ThrowBackThursday time !!!

Back in 1974, I graduated from Baylor University, with a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on English and Speech.

I wanted to teach in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district (northeast of Fort Worth), as did every other one of my teacher-grad-friends.  It was THE place to be in Texas at the time.
Alas, I didn't get hired there.

One day, though, as I was driving on I35 near Waco, I had a sudden, extreme desire to move back to my hometown and teach.
Whoa.
That had been the last place I wanted to teach. It was my hometown, and well, though I liked it, I wanted something new and adventurous...
.... until that day in the car... and suddenly, it was as if I saw a sign in the sky "Teach in Mission!" ...
so I applied to teach in Mission.

Really.
Really.
It was like that.
(I got the job.)

So there I went ....
In case you don't know where Mission is, here is a good little map I found of the 'tip of Texas'...

(It says YOU ARE HERE!, but I'm thinking you're not there.)

Here's a picture of the junior high where I taught, when it was the high school ...  (since then it's been leveled.)
 You might can tell that it wasn't air conditioned.

Well, the teacher's lounge was air-conditioned,
as was the principal's office. 

But during class (when it was hot, which was most of the year),
I would perspire ('glisten') from my forehead to my toes.

Normally I don't talk salaries...
but I must tell you mine, that first year of 1974-75.
It was the smallest teacher's salary in the state of Texas.
(Well, there were other districts with that salary, so misery had company.)

What was the yearly salary?
$6,600. 

Yes.
That was NOT the monthly salary.
That was the YEARLY salary.

I taught there three years, and loved it.

Then after my folks moved away, and well, I was wanting something new and different,
 I moved to Fort Worth and taught out in Aledo (west of FW) for a year.
(I think the salary was $12,000!)

That's when I started dating Sam...


And much later I found out that my father-in-law said
that God must have wanted me down in the Valley (Mission)
so no one would 'get me' until I could meet and marry Sam.

(You can imagine what a super-thrill that was,
to find out my father-in-law had said that!)
(And my father-in-law ('Daddy-Bob') was not one to gush.)


Well, I just taught school for those four years...
then went to seminary with Sam,
then moved to Brazil
and back to the States, etc., etc.

Our Brazil time will be a ThrowbackThursday topic for another day. 

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Oh, did you know that Tom Landry is from my hometown???!!! 

I'll close with these pictures...

And here he is in front of his boyhood home in Mission ...

From what I can tell, only fine people come from Mission. 
(No brag, just fact.)

2 comments:

Sara Elizabeth said...

$6600!! WOW! That's so cool that you moved home to teach... and yep, probably to meet your same. He was worth the trip, I imagine. ;)

Nancy said...

Sara, that is wonderful....
Your comments are always WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.!!!