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