With back to school season upon us, it’s a great time to reflect on some of the people who have helped shape our society into what it is today: teachers! We are proud to have hundreds of retired teachers in our Holiday family, and we are extremely appreciative of their contributions to their communities. Many of our resident teachers have taught generations of families, have seen changes in school curriculum and structure, and have witnessed the impact changing technology has had on learning. Regardless of when, where, or what our retired resident teachers taught, they all have one thing in common: a passion for helping children learn.
Join us in giving a great big shout out to our resident teachers for their years of dedication to improving the lives of young people as we say “Thank you for all you’ve done! We’re proud of you!”
Resident quotes: Why did you become a teacher?
We asked each of our resident teachers the same question: Why did you become a teacher? Of the hundreds of responses we collected, here are some of our favorites:
Retired teacher survey
We surveyed more than 300 retired teachers in 40 Holiday communities across the country on topics related to education, past and present. Here's what they had to say!
What subject do you think should be emphasized more in American schools?
Read the top 4 subjects in a larger view.
What letter grade would you give American education today?
Read what they had to say.
Who do you think is the most inspirational educator, to date?
Read their top 5 choices.
Inspirational teacher stories
British poet Joseph Addison once wrote “what sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” These three teachers sculpted their communities’ views on acceptance, charity, and equality. We hope you enjoy their stories.
Julia Teamer, a resident at Shads Landing in Charlotte, North Carolina, has a lot to be proud of. She and her husband James noticed a need for a school that would help underprivileged black youth. Together, they organized Teamer Religious and Educational Enterprises, Inc.
With the help of Johnson C. Smith University, the school became a success.
On March 24, 1985, Julia and James were recognized by Congressman Alex McMillan for “meeting community needs mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.” Teamer Religious and Educational Enterprises Inc. was placed in the Congressional Record and remains there today.
As the chairman of Richland School District One’s scholarship committee, Ann Turnage worked diligently to raise scholarship money for deserving students, and her hard work has not gone unnoticed. Not only did the Haywood Estates resident receive a key to the city, but May 11 is known as Ann Turnage Day in recognition of Ann's 28 years at Richland School District One in Columbia, South Carolina.
Mary Alice Sargent
Mary Alice Sargent currently resides at Maple Suites in Dover, New Hampshire, and was president of the New Hampshire Education Association (NEA) in 1975 and 1976. During her tenure as state president, Mary Alice was chosen by the NEA as one of the first women to be trained as a women’s leadership workshop instructor. Mary Alice went on to be a state representative to the NEA convention for 17 years.