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  Margaret Leath Statham (Iris Warlick Stu)
Posted: 4:36:05 pm on 10/9/2006 Modified: Never
<font face="Verdana" size="2" color="Black">as sent to Iris:<BR> <DIV>At this moment it looks like I will not be able to attend the reunion, although I would love to.  I never can seem to get away for the reunions with my work.  I am currently the Acting Department Head for T'iis Nazbas (T'iis = tree, Nazbas = circle or round).  Community School and I will be acting principal for the week before and after the reunion.  I had hoped to be in Oklahoma City on the 23rd, but I couldn't convince my boss I was the best person to send to that workshop!  Oh, well.  If, by some miracle I can make it, I would love to tour the school once again and eat some famous bean chowder.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>After graduating from OSU with a degree in Elementary Education, I moved to the middle of nowhere, on the Navajo Reservation to teach "Beginners", all day kindergarten for students who can't speak English and are unfamilar with school. My Navajo was non-existent at the time, so we used the "Charades" concept a lot.  For a 21 year old city girl who knew nothing about generators and farming, it was quite a change!  It does make for interesting stories!  I was in Kayenta for 14 1/2 years.  During that time I married, had 3 children, and got my master's degree in English as a Second Language.  In 1984 I moved to my house in Cortez, Colorado, the Four Corners region, and owned a spa/gym with my husband.  During this time I also substitute-taught at the jr. high and high school levels, providing me with more than enough stories and experiences to fill a book!  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>After I divorced I went back to work on the reservation, this time working for the federal government.  I have been at T'iis (PreK - 8th grade) for 19 years and am best known as the person who gets moved around the most.  My office seems to change quarterly.  I am usually the grant writer, the education specialist, sometimes the Adult Education teacher, etc.  Right now I am disaggregating data for a federal report and it is only midnight!  I do hope to go home tonight to Cortez, which is 45 miles away. I generally commute every day (housing is fairly high and you are at their mercy for repairs, rent hikes), and currently I am working 6 days a week, until the Paperwork Reduction Act really takes place or we run out of trees.  Our school is a day/boarding school, so we have students here Sunday through Friday afternoon.   I am still hoping to retire in a couple of years.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>My 3 children are grown.  My sons Aaron and David live in Cortez.  I have 5 grandchildren.  My daughter Angela is a sergeant in the Army and is in China this week.  She and her husband will be back in Korea next week and should be getting stationed back in the states next month where they are hoping for Washington.  For those of you who have prayer chains, please add them to your list.  Ray may be going to Iraq and Angela is still fighting a tumor.  They are both tough, though, and strong fighters, expecting God's best in their lives. At the moment they tend to hop around continents and countries.  I, however, never seem to be able to visit them at the right time for sightseeing when it is safe.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>When I'm not doing "school" stuff, I am usually doing "church" stuff.  Since I normally work 12 hour days, that doesn't leave much time for other things.  It's hard to believe how fast the time flies and how much gray hair is the norm for our group.  I was shocked to hear of some classmates who have passed on.  That just reminds us that each day is special and should be valued, as well as each person.   </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>If I can't come, I will be thinking of the great time you are having and the great friendships being rekindled.  We have plenty of students who would love pen pals, so let me know if you are interested.  If you plan to be in the Four Corners area (Mesa Verde, etc.) or high desert area, please stop by and I can give you a tour.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Best wishes,</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Margaret Leath Statham       <A href=""></A> </DIV></font>

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