What do you Remember About Teacher Evelyn Miller ?

What do you Remember About Teacher Evelyn Miller ?

One of the last classes at S.S. #11 Ramsay, 1966-1967, Teacher Mrs. Evelyn Miller
Appleton, Town of Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada
North Lanark Regional Museum (2012.36.2.36)

One of Pakenham Public School’s toughest teachers broke into tears when she talked about retiring after 41 years at the front of a classroom. “I love teaching, • Evelyn Miller said, wiping her eyes. I love the kids. The staff have always stood behind. me.”

Miller came to Pakenham to teach in 1968. She started her career at Cedar Hill in 1954, three montlis after she graduated from Lanark Continuation School at the age of18, · “It was my lifelong dream to be a teacher,” she said. She and her younger sister Gladalene often played school in the family’s Balderson home. Evelyn, always the teacher, wrote with chalk on the dark grey back door, washing it down every night when the game ended as the sun went down.

Gladys was promoted from Grade 1 to Grade 3 right after she started school, Miller proudly pointed out. Miller retired after it was pointed out to her that she was only making $136 more a month than if she retired. “I realized it was time to take a break, Miller said. It was time to go and enjoy life.”

Miller taught in Blakeney and Cedar Hill from 1954-56 and then did a stint in Teachers College. She returned to Cedar Hill, then took a year off after marrying the late Keith Miller July 4,1958. After a brief time in Vars, the Millers came back to Appleton in 1967. She came to Pakenham·in 1968 and stayed.

Miller served under seven principals in her time at Pakenham and one memory she had for life was giving three unruly boys detention for life. What do you remember about Gladys Miller?

with files from Lois Tuffin

1964 Evelyn Miller’s class from the Blakeney School can recall with the help of this picture. Check out (front row), Darlene Mitchell, Frances Mills, Harold McPhail, Myfanwy Pratt, Cameron Biard, Elaine Giles, Jayne Munro, Diane Greene, Tim Callaghan, (second row) Keith Currie, Norah Mills, Tom MacPherson, Ray Arthur, Gail Currie, Jim Pratt, Ken Currie, Susan Callaghan, Ross McPhail (third row) Dennis Greene, Frank McPhail, Rosalie Pratt, Jerry McKay, Shelley McPhail, Allan Mitchell, Garth Greene, Percy Greene, Ruth Arthur. (back row) Gary Giles, Ken McPhail, Larry Baird, Sharon Currie, Donna Mitchell, Joan Munro, Wendy Callaghan and Carl Munro. Helen Giles submitted the photo.

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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