It is a milestone that not too many of us get to experience. A retired Lethbridge high school teacher celebrated her one hundredth birthday at the very school she taught at for 33 years.
After completing a career in teaching that spanned over 35 years, Muriel Shortreed retired in 1983. She spent 33 of those years teaching Home Economics at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI). On Monday morning, the students, staff and alumni of LCI took some time to honour the woman who dedicated so much of her time as a teacher, colleague and friend. Despite her advanced age, Shortreed’s memory remains sharp. She told a story about her early teaching days in Home Ec and how the course was originally only available to female students.
Some of the staff and retirees in attendance have memories of Shortreed both as their teacher and co-worker. Joey Shackleford who attended and taught at LCI says it took time to adjust to working with his former teachers, but he said Shortreed helped make the transition easy for him.