Two Dalhart teachers take retirement
By Judi Wiegman
On Tuesday afternoon, Dalhart Elementary School hosted an after school reception to honor two teachers taking retirement. Debbie Walker has taught for 30 years and Jayne Hill for 33 years.
Debbie Walker graduated from Panhandle State in 1979 and immediately began teaching grade school in Dalhart that fall.
Her entire teaching career has been spent in Dalhart teaching 1st grade, 2nd grade and ESL. During the past 30 years she has had an opportunity to help mold the lives of over 600 students. Tuesday, some of them gathered to honor her.
Debbie is married to Brian Walker. As a couple, they enjoy helping out with XIT activities. Brian is a past XIT Director.
Debbie’s sister, Jeana Hamilton, teaches music at Dalhart Elementary. Her parents are Helen and Larnce Hartman of Dalhart and James Crawford of Stratford.
Debbie enthusiastically responded that “teaching, teaching, teaching” was her hobby. She also enjoys reading, some gardening and playing Bunko. Her favorite food is Mexican.
Debbie is a member of the 1st Christian Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
In July, her daughter and son-in-law, Ty and Stephanie Ellis, will present her with her first grandchild. Actually, this is the very reason for her retirement, Debbie is leaving teaching to enter “grand-mothering!”
Mrs. Walker said, “Dalhart Elementary is a wonderful place to work. I will miss all the teachers and students. …To all my students and all the wonderful people that I have worked with, I thank you for being such a blessing in my life. Remember to always put the Lord first and have a positive attitude. In all the years that I have taught, I realize that a good positive attitude s most important.’
The second teacher honored, Jayne Hill, came to Dalhart to teach in 2001. She taught 1st grade for two years and ESL for six years. She is retiring as the Building Supervisor in the ESL program.
Jayne graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and taught in five different states. During her teaching tenure, she has been involved with over 700 students. Her goal as a teacher has been, “To teach the children as I would want mine to be taught.”
Jayne’s husband, Tim, works for Hilmar Cheese. They have a daughter, Jenny, who teaches school in Michigan and a son, Bode, who is a college administrator in Nebraska.
Jayne’s plans include traveling and spending time with her two granddaughters, ages four and one; the reasons for retirement.
School administrators, friends, parents and students were seen at the reception taking time to thank these fine ladies for their outstanding role in our exceptional school system. Dalhart thanks them for giving of themselves to the students and parents at Dalhart Elementary. God bless you both for your contribution to our community.