Magazine article Social Studies Review

Who Is She and What Is She Doing Now?

Magazine article Social Studies Review

Who Is She and What Is She Doing Now?

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"Welcome to Cedar Hill. Drive up this way!" I could hear her welcoming us as we drove through the pine trees and up the gravel driveway. "Drive around to the back of the house; there's better parking in the shade. Here, I'll walk ahead and show you the way." And she energetically walked ahead to point out our parking spot, while asking us if we had a good trip, if we had trouble with her directions, if we enjoyed being up in the mountains at 4200 feet. It was wonderful to be in such a beautiful setting with such joy, energy, and enthusiasm.

Next we had a tour of her home in the mountains, which she and her husband had recently purchased and beautifully decorated. "I had fun finding furnishings and pictures to go with a mountain setting," she explained. While the home was of a style that could be found in any city, she chose furniture with a rustic look and was especially proud of the handcrafted furnishings made out of semi-finished logs. Pinecones decorated the lamps and sat on shelves. Indian rugs hung on walls. Other walls carried photos of places traveled. "Oh, I change decor to match the seasons. This is my summer patriotic theme. You should come up during the holidays. I have boxes of Christmas decorations." She truly enjoyed this new outlet for her energy and creativity.

After supper as the shadows began to fall over the front deck of the house, I got out my notepad. It was tempting to just continue to sit and enjoy the evening, but I needed more information. She had not located her resume, so we had to start at the beginning. "I was born in Nebraska. My father was a chemistry teacher and later a school superintendent. He and my mother met when he first began teaching and my mother was a student in his class. We moved to a number of small Nebraska towns as my father advanced from teacher to superintendent." Beginning in 1943 her father got a summer job as a National Park Service Ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado. Here began her love of the mountains and Estes Park became the gathering place for generations of family reunions, the most recent last September.

Her career in education spanning the years J 9562000, began at Grant junior High School in Denver, traveled to Anchorage Senior High School Alaska, and closed at South San Francisco USD, at Parkway junior High, El Camino High, and South San Francisco High. She taught a number of social studies courses including U. S. history, world history, economics, U.S. government, anthropology, and California history. In addition to teaching, she served as department chair and eventually became the 6-12 social studies coordinator for the district. Along the way she received a Coe Fellowship in American Studies (1961) at the University of Wyoming and an NSF Fellowship in Sociology at Santa Clara University (1970). In 1974 she completed her Master's Degree in Educational Administration at the University of San Francisco.

She joined California Council for the Social Studies by attending her first conference in 1964. (Actually CCSS had just become a statewide organization some two years earlier) Those were fun years. Lee Thompson, later Los Angeles County Social Studies Coordinator, and Roy Erickson, of San Juan USD and now with the Center for Civic Education, and Jack Hoar of Long Beach USD, were familiar presenters at CCSS conferences. Don Ferryman was an enthusiatic presence at the CCSS Delegate Assembly. Margaret Branson, recipient of the Hilda Taba Award in 1973, was a university professor and historian. Fannie Shaftel, Stanford University professor and a recipient of the 1972 Hilda Taba Award, presented packed sessions on the value of role playing in social studies. Our teacher remembers CCSS as a community -informal, inclusive, knowledgeable, willing to share and critique, stimulating, and fun loving. The 1973 Social Studies Framework was like no other Framework before or since. It had no chronology. Instead, the Framework emphasized the development of concepts, generalization and values through such methods as Inquiry and the use of primary sources. …

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