Jenkins Independent Schools
Classes of 1912 - 2016
|Last Updated:||December 31, 2012|
|Residing In:||Middlesboro, KY USA|
|Occupation:||Professor of English, Southeast Community College|
|Children:||Son Joseph, born 1980; daughter Teresa born 1989; first grandchild Natalie Melinda Cox, born Aug 7, 2009; grandson Ryan Joseph Cox, born April 1, 2012.|
|Comments:||I'm still teaching English after all these years.I left teaching at JHS in 1987. I was hired as startup person for SECC's program in Letcher Co. In 1990 we opened the Whitesburg Campus in the former Coca Cola bottling plant. In 1994 I transferred to Middlesboro in time for the opening of the new campus here and have been here ever since. I had a series of laser eye surgeries in 1995-97, giving me 20/20 vision in both eyes. Those who remember me from the old days may not recognize me without those heavy glasses. I was divorced in 2000 and bought an old farm house on the edge of town overlooking the Cumberland Gap Natl Park. My son Joseph is in Bowling Green. He is an attorney. My daughter Teresa graduated from WKU in May 2011 with Spanish major. She'll be working on her master's in Spanish at Univ. of Louisville 2011-2013. I've learned to speak Spanish and visited Costa Rica in 2008, and returned for a month of volunteer work in 2009. I was on sick leave from work for 9 months in 2011. I had major surgery but was able to return to work in January 2012. This year was my 25th year of full time service at Southeast. Summer of 2012, I went to China for a month to teach English and tour. I'm planning to retire in 2014.|
|School Story:||I taught at JHS for 10 years. I have so many fond memories of the people from Jenkins, and several of them ended up working at Southeast. I remember Mary Jo Wolfe fondly and still recall how kind she and all the library staff were to me and to my students. I have recently re-connected with Freddy & Rhonda (Collins) Johnson at Southeast's graduation, and with Anita Kegan Fore via e-mail. And of course, I still hear from Gary Warrix and from Ina Kay Donaldson. I was saddened to hear of the passing of my friend & colleague Emil Cook. I watched his kids grow up into fine adults. Once in a while I see Carol Anne Litts on the TV news from a Jenkins City Council meeting, and I received a copy of the Jenkins Community History Book for Christmas (thank you Son & Eileen Sanders).|
I am a grandfather! My granddaughter Natalie Melinda Cox was born Aug 7, 2009, at Bowling Green Medical Center. Don't you think she looks like me?
I am at Quepos, Costa Rica, on the Pacific Coast, in 2008. I am seriously considering retirement where the weather is always warm, Spanish is always spoken, and the beer is always cold.
My old house, built 1934. I've lived here since 2000. Not fancy but comfortable for me and the cats.
The Tower Bridge, London, England, May 2010
Visiting with my colleague Ina Kay Donaldson in Alabama, October 2010. Her daughter Doralee has a vet clinic just outside Birmingham. Ina Kay has been living down there about 10 years since she retired from JHS.
My daughter Teresa and her boyfriend Vito. Teresa graduated with her bachelor's degree in Spanish from WKU in May 2011. Vito is a student at Indiana Southern University in Evansville and is a citizen of Guatemala, working and studying in the US.
Me with my grand-daughter Natalie, Thanksgiving 2010
Southeast Community College celebrated its 50th Anniversary of service to the Appalachian Region this semester (Dec 2010).
I am relaxing at Cozumel, Mexico, on Spring Break 2011.
With my daughter Teresa on her graduation day from WKU, May 14, 2011. She is enrolling in the master's program at the University of Louisville in August 2011 to pursue her MA in Spanish language.
With my grandson Ryan Joseph Cox. He is 2 weeks old at this time. He was born Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 (Also April Fool's Day!)
I was in China for a month touring and teaching English, Summer 2012.
Christmas 2012, with my grandchildren Natalie (age 3-1/2) and Ryan (age 9 months)
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