Monday, August 22, 2011

Executive Committee Series: Part 5 Who is the Epsilon Recording Secretary!

Kathye Blackburn
Recording Secretary

Married to Harry Blackburn for 40 years (we were high school sweethearts)
Two grown children-Jenny, Pharmacist with Brookshire’s and Clay, Supervisor with Coca Cola
One daughter-in-law-Delyla, office manage for eye surgeon
One soon to be new son-in-law  Scott (He and Jenny are getting married on the beach in September.)
Two grandchildren-twins Kyleigh and Kaleb  (these are Jenny’s children) who will soon be 7 and just entered first grade.

My bachelor’s and master’s degrees were earned from LA Tech University in Ruston. Go Bulldogs!

This will be my 41st year in the teaching profession.  I taught business subjects for 34 years at Airline High School in Bossier City and now am starting my seventh year at the Bossier Parish Technical School where I have the Cooperative Office Education program.
When I started teaching, I never dreamed I would teach this long, but it seems like it was just yesterday when I met my first class of freshmen at AHS.  I have loved every subject I have taught and enjoyed working with the cheerleaders for 30 years at Airline.  I had one National Champion squad and many who were ranked in the top of their category for many of those years.  It was great fun.

I had the honor of being chosen teacher of the year at Airline two different times in my teaching career and became the high school parish teacher of the year in 1986.

Since becoming a member of Delta Kappa Gamma I have served as President of Alpha Rho chapter, Chairman of the Caddo-Bossier Coordinating Council, NW District Director, Epsilon State Nominations Committee Chairman, Epsilon State Professional Affairs Chairman, and now State Recording Secretary. I have attended 8 Epsilon State Conventions, 4 Southeast Regional Conferences and 3 International Conventions since 2004.  I attended the Bea Davis Leadership Seminar-Class of 2007, was chosen as NW Rose in Bloom in 2009, and was co-chairman for the Epsilon State Convention in 2010.  I have assisted and presented workshops on the state, regional, and international levels for Delta Kappa Gamma.

Harry and I are members of Cypress Baptist Church in Benton, LA.

My free time is spent mostly with my grandchildren—playing board games, reading to them, listening to them read, watching them swimming on the country club swim team, going to baseball, basketball, and football games to see Kaleb play, taking Kyleigh to dance and gymnastics, and baking cookies and cupcakes with them.  We have a lot of fun together.  Harry gets to benefit from the all the baking, too. He loves to eat sweets.

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