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11/08/02 - TEACHER HALL OF FAME IS GREAT IDEA-MANY DESERVING

…(many)  teachers worked in Oconee when it was rural and the pay was not good. They helped make Oconee County a better place. We all owe them a debt of gratitude.

AVOC

November 8, 2002

Many Oconee County Teachers Deserve Recognition

By: Wendell T. Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

The Oconee County School System's "Wall of Fame" is a great idea! There are many deserving teachers. Several have been recognized. 

There are many more that need to be considered from the past:

A. P. Henderson, Principal; Francis Osborn, Principal; J. L. McMullan, Principal; Anna S. Curtis, English at OCHS; Kathryn Hargrove, Latin and English; Margaret Johnson, Fourth Grade; Hallie Norville, First Grade; Clarence Thomas, History and Government; Marjorie Hale, Home Economics; Jeff Cain, Vocational Agriculture; Mrs. Biggers, Elementary School and many, many more. Some who came from Bogart were Mr. J. L. Blackwell, Vocational Agriculture; Mrs. Arnold Delapierre, 12th Grade Home Room, Mrs. Mitchem and others.

Many of us who attended OCHS during the 40's and 50's learned a great deal from several teachers but particularly two who taught a long time and have not been honored yet in the "Hall of Fame". Anna S. Curtis helped prepare countless OCHS students for College and Life and needs very much to be remembered.   Kathryn Hargrove taught Latin and English for decades. She was excellent and a very understanding person. Both meant a great deal to me.

I would like to see more of our "past teachers" remembered before some of us 'Seniors' pass from the scene. These teachers worked in Oconee when it was rural and the pay was not good.

They helped make Oconee County a better place. We all owe them a debt of gratitude.

SEE:  http://oconeeteachers.com/


Wendell T. Dawson

P.O. Box 528

1330 New High Shoals Rd

Email:  wtdaws@bellsouth.net                                                 Watkinsville,      Georgia 30677

Phone 706 559-7465                                                                                                                                                           Residence 706 769-6139

Fax 706 559-7466

 

October 24, 2002

 

Oconee County School System

ATTN: HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

P. O. Box 146

Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

 

RE:       Anna S. Curtis - Teacher at OCHS

 

Mrs. Curtis taught English, Grammar and World History during my student years at Oconee High School from 1953 to 1958.

 

Before reaching High School, most of us had heard about Mrs. Curtis.   She was a strict and challenging teacher who had taught at the College Level.   She insisted on our learning correct grammar, English literature, poems and vocabulary words.  We were assigned ten new words a week to look up the definitions and then we were tested on Friday.  She counted it wrong for misspelling.   In addition she required us to learn poems that we did not always understand and recite them in front of the class.   Needless to say, these exercises stood us in good stead later in college, graduate schools, careers and life in general.

 

In addition to her teaching duties, she loved drama and play productions.  She coached the Senior Play for several years.  My Class of 58 performed Our Town and it was talked about throughout the community for years.  She started the Drama club and the Thespians.   She “herded” many of us (entire classes) by bus to Fine Arts Auditorium to see University productions.

 

Later she and her husband (Dr. Lawrence Curtis) went to Lebanon for agricultural research and teaching on a grant from the Ford Foundation.  She was well traveled.  Her teaching of World History became real when she talked about many places from her own experience.

 

Like so many, I was “scared” of Mrs. Curtis in the early years.    I later learned to appreciate her and we became close friends.   I respected her very much as a teacher and as a person.    I corresponded with her and visited her for years- through college, the Army, and later during my legal career.  

 

My wife and I along with Jimmy & Gayle Christopher accompanied her to Fine Arts Auditorium during the 70’s and 80’s for the UGA play season.   I came to love her as a person.

 

Mrs. Curtis helped and inspired numerous Oconee County students for college and life’s challenges.    Oconee County is a better place because of her efforts.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Wendell Dawson


Wendell T. Dawson

P.O. Box 528

1330 New High Shoals Rd

Email:  wtdaws@bellsouth.net                                                                              Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

Phone 706 559-7465                                                                                                                                           Residence 706 769-6139

Fax 706 559-7466

 

 

October 24, 2002

 

 

Oconee County School System

ATTN: HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE

P. O. Box 146

Watkinsville, Georgia 30677

 

RE:       Kathryn D. Hargrove- Long-time Teacher at OCHS

 

Mrs. Hargrove was my 10th grade homeroom teacher.  She taught English and Latin She was a very good teacher.   She inspired a high degree of integrity and achievement.  I came to love her because she was so nice and encouraging.

 

The Latin classes helped me tremendously in college and later in law school.   It opened vistas of learning for me that I would not have had without Latin and Mrs. Hargrove’s patient teaching.

 

I remember specifically having her review a speech that I prepared for the 1956 Athens Area Jaycee “Voice of America” contest.   I placed 2nd in the Regional High School competition.  Mrs. Hargrove accompanied me to the awards banquet at the Georgian Hotel in Athens.    She was always encouraging and understanding.

 

I valued her very much as a teacher and as a person.    I corresponded with her and visited her for years- through college, the Army, and later during my legal career.   I served as a pallbearer at her funeral when she died in 1993.   It was an honor and a deep personal loss for me.

 

Countless Oconee County students were better prepared for college and life’s challenges because of the untiring efforts and support of Kathryn D. Hargrove.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Wendell Dawson


 


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