In this age of constant change, people are often challenged to be lifelong learners. Officials at Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation said Dorothy Einspahr has taken that to a new level ... she's a lifelong teacher.
She celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday.
Einspahr said she always knew she wanted to teach. After graduating from Fenton High School in 1940, she enrolled in 12 weeks of normal training to earn a limited elementary certificate which qualified her to teach in the rural schools for one year. She was hired that year to teach in a country school near Fenton. After further schooling, she taught several years at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Webster City.
Her next students were her four children and she spent those years home with them. As they left the nest, she and a friend saw the need for a Christian preschool and they were the first teachers at St. Paul's Lutheran Preschool.
For more than 30 years, she has conducted "Country School" at Crestview. The format follows the that of the rural school experience she and her Crestview students remember fondly. Topics vary from current events, history or science to reminiscing about the "good old days." The lessons are often hands on, like the recent session on butter churning. The group passed around the butter churner, then had a chance to sample the finished product.