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Teaching runs in Edmond family

Three generations of women have taught in Edmond school district.
BY STEVE GUST Published: October 3, 2013
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/articleid/3889002/1/pictures/2228237">Photo - Taylor Anderson, left, followed in the path of her grandmother Margaret Self and mother, Shelly Anderson,  to teach in Edmond Public Schools. They are pictured in Shelly Anderson's classroom at Northern Hills Elementary in Edmond. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman <strong>BRYAN TERRY - THE OKLAHOMAN</strong>
Taylor Anderson, left, followed in the path of her grandmother Margaret Self and mother, Shelly Anderson, to teach in Edmond Public Schools. They are pictured in Shelly Anderson's classroom at Northern Hills Elementary in Edmond. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman BRYAN TERRY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Self remembers it too.

“Even if I went to a game at OSU, I'd bring papers,” she said of Oklahoma State University athletic events.

Another relative makes it his mission to teach college men. Margaret Self's son, Bill Self, is head men's basketball coach at the University of Kansas. He's entering his 11th season at the helm.

The best season was in 2008 when his Jayhawks won the men's NCAA championship. His mom, sister Shelly Anderson and niece Taylor Anderson all were in San Antonio to watch KU win it all.

“It was a perfect day,” Shelly Anderson said. “It was perfect weather and a perfect ending to a game.”

All three greeted Bill shortly after the overtime victory over Memphis. Margaret Self called it a “surreal experience” watching the former Memorial basketball player coach the team to the coveted title.

“Bill does well because he cares a lot about the players and their families,” Shelly Anderson said.

“One thing the public might not appreciate is that we really have the interests of the children as the top priority. We really do,” Margaret Self said.

Shelly Anderson and Taylor Anderson also went to Memorial High School, with Taylor Anderson a star basketball player for the Lady Bulldogs.

Taylor's entry into education was a mild surprise to her mother.

“It was my other daughter Morgan who grew up playing school,” she recalled. “I had thought she was going to be a teacher and not Taylor. Now Taylor is teaching and Morgan is a junior in college majoring in business.”


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