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Tribute to Hazel Shrader











Hazel Shrader

A native of Monroe County, Hazel Shrader was born in Pickaway where she has lived through out her life.  She went to Monroe County schools and knew when she was in the sixth or seventh grade that she wanted to become a teacher.  She graduated from Union High School in 1939, as Valedictorian of her class.  From there, she went to Marshall University and graduated in 1943.  She began teaching in 1942, a year before she graduated, because at that time a teacher was allowed to do that.  With her determination, she earned her masters in Elementary Education in 1952, and acquired thirty additional hours with an emphasis in reading.  Her foremost interest has been reading.

Although she has been outstanding as a teacher, she has never taken a sick day or a personal leave day during her entire career.  The only four days that she missed in 45 years was due to the death of her mother.  When you think of the seven years Miss Shrader taught in one-room schools, fifteen years in two room schools, and twenty-three years teaching first grade at Union Elementary School….her attendance record is almost unbelievable.  She also taught the Head Start Program for the summer months for sixteen years without missing a day.  How did Miss Shrader do it???  She states that she was blessed with good health.












Miss Shrader  “graduated” from 45 years of service in the Monroe County School system by retiring in 1987.  Her students will forever remember her and recall the dedication she had to teaching.   Monroe County Schools have been honored to have Hazel Shrader as a teacher for 45 years.

On August 24, 2012, Hazel celebrated her 90th Birthday.


Submitted from The Monroe Watchman