James Langford was the first African-American teacher at Weed Elementary School, launching his career there in 1974. He wrote his master’s thesis on the history of the local African-American community and, after retirement, he went on to collaborate with filmmaker Mark Oliver on the documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights.
Mission Oak High School speech and debate teacher Laurie Jones is in her second career—one which she landed by accident. She started in the music business at the Recording Academy, better known as the organization that produces the Grammy Awards.
The first thing that gets you is the eyes. A woman stares back at you from a photo taken from what seems like 150 years ago. Instead, it’s the latest masterwork of Kathryn Mayo, a professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.
After 43 years as an educator, it’s hard for Emelina Emaas to imagine a life without students. “I kept saying I would retire last year, but I couldn’t even fill out the application. My heart is rebelling.”
As a teacher and artist, Betty Evans was able to mix creativity into the curriculum for kids in juvenile hall. Now that she’s retired, a love of dance keeps her on her toes, art keeps her creative mind churning and her newly adopted 11-year-old daughter keeps her plenty busy!
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