Born July 7th, 1942 (Deceased January 1978, age 36)
From the age of eleven I attended Cleethorpes Grammar School for girls, where, at sixteen I obtained my General Certificate of Education, (ordinary level) in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, German, French, History, Geography, Art and Latin.
I specialized for two years in English Literature, German and French and obtained my G.C.E. (advanced level) in French and German. I also obtained a distinction in Scholarship German, and on the basis of these results was awarded a State Scholarship to University. I remained in school in order to take the entrance examinations for Oxford, and was granted a place there for 1961.
I left school in December 1960 and taught for 4 months in my old junior school (7-11 year olds). I taught children to use the library, taught girls’ games, and acted as a substitute teacher where needed.
In April 1961, I took up a scholarship awarded by my county to study at Mains University, Germany. I spent 5 months there, studying, travelling and working.
In the fall of 1961, I entered Oxford, where I studied German and French for the first two trimesters and took the Preliminary Exams. After this I spent the following two and one third years of the 1.A. course studying German only and graduated with a second class Honors degree in June 1964.
I was married in August 1964 and obtained a position as an English teacher at Tynemouth Grammar School. For the first term, I was substituting for the regular English teacher who was in hospital. The second term I was taken on as a permanent staff member to teach English and Social Studies (History). I left at the end of the second term as I was expecting my first child shortly.
After my child was born, I taught two full days a week, teaching English and Latin in another Grammar School (Whitbey Bay). In 1966, I spent one term as a remedial reading teacher in an Infants School in Newcastle. During this period I also substituted for teachers who were absent. I stopped teaching (reluctantly) because of babysitting problems.
In 1967, my husband and I moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, where he taught in a village and I occasionally substituted. We moved to Edmonton in 1969.
In 1970, I became involved in a local community school project in my area, out of which grew a pre-school program within M.E. Lazerte Composite High School, the Londonderry Child Development Centre. I have been President of the community group which runs this centre, for two years now.
I wrote a book, “The Sunclimbers”, based on my experiences and the experiences of others who had started similar projects. This was published this year by the Edmonton Social Planning Council. I am a member of the Alberta Association for Young Children, and of the Edmonton Social Planning Council. I have completed the courses in Education Psychology, Education Foundation and Education Administration on a part-time basis at the University of Alberta. I have three children aged 8, 4 ½ and 2 ½ years old.