EDMOND — The classroom is a sacred place for three generations of one Edmond teaching family.
Just ask Margaret Self, her daughter Shelly Anderson and granddaughter Taylor Anderson. Each is connected to Edmond Public Schools and agrees teaching is a demanding profession and not high on the pay scale. Yet none would dream of doing anything else.
“I wouldn't have changed a thing,” said Self, who retired from the school district in the 1990s after a career that spanned nearly three decades. The last 20 were with Edmond schools, mostly at then-North Mid-High and the ninth-grade level. She still dabbles in the field, tutoring and, on occasion, lending a hand in Shelly Anderson's classroom.
Shelly Anderson teaches first grade at Northern Hills Elementary. She's in her 27th year of teaching, mostly in Edmond.
“I think for me, it is always rewarding to find out later that a former student has done real well, such as becoming a valedictorian,” she said.
Taylor Anderson is in her second month of teaching fifth grade at Russell Dougherty Elementary.
“I remember each of my teachers growing up and the impact they had with me,” she said. “This is a good profession, and I really wanted to be a part of it.”
Having three generations of teachers in one district is somewhat rare, said Susan Parks-Schlepp, the district's director of public information.
“I know there are other mother and daughters, just not sure about three generations,” she said. “It is great to see how they value education and wanted to be teachers.”
Watching and learning
Teaching is ingrained in the family. Self's parents both were teachers, and other members of the extended family have had jobs in the classroom. Shelly Anderson grew up watching her mother grade papers at home.