There are not very many who are fortunate enough to see a 92nd birthday and those who do see it probably do not celebrate it on a lunch break from work, but that is exactly what happened at Logan Middle School on Friday, September 27, 2013. The LMS staff took the time during lunch to honor Mrs. Irene Stollings on her special day.
Stollings has been working in the Logan County School system for more than 40 years, and her age has not stopped her from doing what she loves.
“I really enjoy it, and I am very blessed,” she said about still being able to work. “It’s not too bad to be old.”
Stollings began her teaching career at Ethel before moving to Henlawson for two years. She then spent 26 years at Justice Elementary teaching first grade. Stollings says she did not initially begin her education to pursue a teaching career but is glad she made the change.
“I majored in home economics and hated it,” Stollings said. “Back then, if you were a woman, you either majored in home economics or teaching. I switched to teaching and loved it.”
Stollings retired from full-time teaching in 1988, but has remained in the school system as a substitute. She is now a substitute teacher at least three days a week at Logan Middle School.
“The students and the staff love Mrs. Stollings,” LMS Principal Ernestine Sutherland said. “She brings a lot of professionalism to our school, and we love having her here. Our students respect her.”
“Mrs. Stollings is a wonderful teacher and an even better person,” Principal Rob Dial said. “LMS is blessed to have her.”
Stollings has touched many lives in her career as an educator, and she continues to make an impact on her students and colleagues each day.
— Erica O’Briant, Public Relations Coordinator for Logan County Schools, contributed this report.