Foundation Spotlight - Earlene Drake
Earlene Drake hails from Spanish Fork, Utah where she graduated high school in 1969. After that she attended Utah State University for four years. During this time, she worked in the Business Department at the university and decided to pursue a degree to teach business. Once she graduated from USU, she came to teach at Kanab High School where she put in a very long and dedicated teaching career of roughly 35 years.
She mostly taught business at Kanab High School, but she also spent time at the middle school teaching English and Utah History for a few years. She helped with the drill team, the Sterling Scholar program, and FBLA. Even after she retired, she found her way back into the halls of the school as a substitute teacher.
Earlene feels that the most challenging aspect of teaching is the time one must put into do a good job. She noted that getting kids interested in learning and doing their best can also be demanding. However, being a teacher is not without its rewards. Her favorite aspects of teaching are getting to know the students.
Earlene says she has always been very shy and often found it easier to talk to her students than to talk to adults. She loved teaching because she knew she was doing something worthwhile and making a difference.
When asked what advice she would give teachers today, she says to enjoy the spirit and unity of working together for a great cause—to help and champion each other in the task of creating the next great generation.
In her retired years, Earlene is spending a lot of time with her four daughters and her 19 grandchildren that range from 20 years old to one-year-old. And, you know, regularly making her way back into the school every now and then to substitute teach.