Because of Mrs. Andrews, the meetings were all business. We learned
what Beta Club stood for and we learned how to conduct and participate
in orderly meetings. But - When we went to a Beta party - always
at the home of Josephine and Paul, her terrific husband - then we
could socialize, enjoy the delicious food she had spent hours preparing,
and stay there as long as our parents would allow. And, who could
ever forget the Beta Club conventions at the Tutweiler Hotel in
the big city of Birmingham? I can see us now - pretty girls in our
Sunday attire and handsome boys in their suits and ties!
Of course, Mr. and Mrs. Andrews were on the bus with us. There were
no lectures on behavior. We instinctively knew what Mrs. Andrews
expected of us as representatives of Dora High School. Why did she
want us to honor our parents and our school? Because She Loved Us!
Last of all, I remember Mrs. Andrews as director of the MissDHS
Contest. (Guys - don't stop reading this section about winning.)
Her philosophy was, "Practice 'til perfect." And, practice
we did. Mr. Gant never seemed to mind how long it took, or how many
classes we missed. On the night of the big event, Mrs. Andrews was
backstage. She checked us out - our fancy dresses, our shoes, and
our hair. Then she would pinch our cheeks to make our faces glow.
If that did not work, here came her remedy: lots of rouge. Her words
before we went on stage were, "Smile, do your best, and win."
Why did she want all of us to be winners? Because She Loved Us!
Yes, Mrs. Andrews was a grand lady. So, Here's to You, Mrs. Dora
High School! Why? Because We Loved You!
Publishing this site has been a blessing. One of the things
I most enjoy is hearing from you....about the impact that Dora High
School teachers have had on your lives. So I've decided to try something
new. These stories about the teachers we profile (Mr. Gant, Mrs.
Ellison, Mrs. Andrews and the ones that follow) will be works in
progress. As I receive additional notes, stories and photos, I plan
to post them under that teacher's name. For example the story about
Mrs. Andrews posted today will move from the front page, but I will
keep the story online and it will grow with additional stories and
pictures from you. Any suggestions you have on how to approach this
section, please feel free to send me a note. At some point, I'd
like to publish a newspaper/magazine that contains all the features
for those who don't have computers.