Both of my years in Thailand, I taught in Prachinburi. During
the summer break it was off to Phuket to teach at a teacher training
Prachin Kalyanee School
After leaving Thailand, I traveled a bit and then
returned to California where I finished up my elementary teaching
credential and then went in search of a one-room school that needed
a teacher. At that time, there were 19 in the state and so I, by
choice, went to Wildwood in Trinity County.
1973 Entire student Body K-8
After 6 years teaching there, the school was closed
(due to the lumber mill closing enrollment had dropped to 5) so
I transferred to Hayfork Elementary where I taught in the primary
After 30 years of public school teaching, I retired in June of 2002.
1986-87 second grade Hayfork Elementary
I tremendously enjoyed teaching and working with children, retirement
has enabled me to spend time doing other things which I greatly
enjoy. I raise flowers in the front garden so I can give away cut
flower bouquets to friends and neighbors.
The birds which come to my backyard feeders are well photographed
and I have done some traveling to photograph wild birds in distant
locations (was very sad when Seychelles became popular and beyond
Rock Sand Piper, St. Paul Island (Pribilof
Northern Flicker, My back yard
The beauty of the outdoors of Trinity County, and
the enjoyment thereof, is always salve to my soul.
and a half days a week I travel over the mountain to Weaverville
where I volunteer in the hospital and the Skilled Nursing Facility with a fully trained service/facility dog..
at the local hospital, skilled nursing facility, senior assisted
living and make home visits.
"Lulu" at Trinity Hospital
My first dog was
Lulu is from Canine
Companions for Independence and her first career can still be
seen on T.V. reruns of 'Dogs With Jobs.' The dog is a hit with all
and I just sort of go along.Lulu died very suddenly of liver cancer.
applied and went through the application/interview/retraining process for a
A year ago November, Tareth became a part of my household.
Tareth is also a graduate of Canine Companions for Independence. She spent a year and a half in puppy training with the family of Christine Evans in Seattle, Wash. She then went to Santa Rosa for six months of advanced training. After two weeks of rather intensive training with me, she graduated in November 2005.
| Tareth and Marie Kerr share a spot of tea.
one of the trainers said, "Tareth has big paws to fill." As Lulu was a TV
star, Tareth had her work cut out for her in the hearts of many.
She is doing
a beautiful job of bringing comfort and cheer to the ill, elderly, home bound
and special needs students......... and she is so darn cute.
Life is good and every moment is a treasure.