ALTON — Mississippi Valley Christian School teachers Joan Conrad and Donna Thaxton were surprised and honored at the school’s annual Spring Concert with a special monetary gift bestowed upon them by former students of nearly four decades, friends and family.
Honoring their faithful dedication in making an impact on the minds and hearts of students, a long and continuous standing ovation was given these much-loved and appreciated ladies, who both are retiring. Both Alton residents and graduates of Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C., they taught in public education for several years before bringing their teaching skills to MVCS.
Making her U.S. history and government classes come alive to her junior and senior high school students, Conrad describes her teaching experience as “a job with rewards that cannot be measured in dollars and cents, but in the lives of our most precious resources — our youth.” Math, family living and science classes were also hers, as the need required during the years.
Thaxton excelled as the junior and senior high school English teacher, also directing and coaching the yearly high school plays and coordinating efforts in preparing students for the state academic competitions in Schaumburg. She encapsulates her years of teaching in one word — “ministry.”