Lasting Faculty Memory
More than 40 years ago, I was a student in the College of Education. I was challenged and inspired by many good professors, but one stands out in my mind and greatly influenced my teaching.
That professor was Dr. Vernon Eady. His warmth and humor pervaded his lessons on child development and child psychology. We were always very attentive as he frequently lectured with a cigarette held firmly between his teeth. It would bob up and down as he talked and we were mesmerized by the ashes, which grew to unbelievable lengths.
Several of his pearls of wisdom have remained etched in my memory: (1) Be fair, firm and friendly; (2) Make friends with the school custodian — he can make or break your success as a teacher; and (3) Let your students know that because they can talk, they should be able to learn to read, or as he put it, "Reading ain't nothin' but talk wrote down."
I have always remembered one of his most delightful admonishments, said in jest, of course. He told us that if we put a few sips of vodka in an empty Listerine bottle and kept it in our desk, we would never have any discipline problems or reading problems with the students! Dr. Eady gave us great wisdom and advice, and his personality was simply awesome.
— Helen Price Walters ('62, '65 M.Ed.),
who taught for 36 years in Dallas public schools