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
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
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!