September 28, 1989 — Laura Gordon Semones is carrying on a family tradition. She is the third teacher in her family to teach the third grade at Springfield Elementary School and the fourth teacher in her family to teach at the school.
Mrs. Semones took over this year her Aunt Wanda Kibler’s classroom located on the school’s second floor. Mrs. Kibler retired from the school system after teaching for 28 years.
The new teacher’s grandmother and Mrs. Kibler’s mother, Anna Bell, who is deceased, also taught the third grade at the school.
Mrs. Semones’ other grandmother, Bertha Gordon, taught forth grade at the school and retired from Springfield a number of years ago after a long career.
Mrs. Semones’ mother, Nancy Gordon, is in her 30th year of teaching and has been at Luray Elementary School for 19 years.
“It’s great to be continuing the family tradition,” she said. “I love going home and talking to Mom and we talk about our day and compare notes. I can’t remember a time when I wanted to do anything but teach.”
~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier
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