Educating youngsters and volunteering have been lasting hallmarks in the life of Anne Lafferty Stock. While at SHS Anne was co-editor of the Scarlet S, member of both the Pep Club and Girls Athletic Association all four years, and president of the GAA her senior year. She was also a member of the Whippet Tales staff and represented the school at Buckeye Girls State. Observes a classmate, “There was no girl in the class who gave more of herself to the school or who cared more about it.”
Her classroom success earned her a full academic scholarship to Northwestern, and after her freshman year, she transferred to Ohio State where she earned her bachelor’s in Education and master’s in Severe and Emotionally Handicapped/Reading. Her teaching career includes one year at Sandusky Perkins Junior High, one year at Rosemont School for Delinquent Girls, three years as a physical education teacher and four years as a reading consultant in Columbus city schools.
Taking a break from professional life to raise her family, Anne has two daughters, Leslie and Hilary, both SHS graduates. Leslie is vice president of marketing for CHG, a private health care company in Salt Lake City. Hilary is a software engineer for Microsoft in Seattle. Anne has four “perfect” grandchildren (her words!).
Resuming her career, Anne founded a pre-school in Shelby, the Rainbow Collection, and later started up and led the pre-school at St. John’s in New Washington. Then, after earning a certificate in early childhood special education at Ashland University, she began teaching children with special needs. For seven years she became the administrator of an MRDD early childhood center in Mt. Gilead, overseeing the building of the center itself. Anne finished her career as an adjunct professor in Early Childhood education at Ashland University, overseeing the placement and assessment of college students in the early childhood education program during their student teaching experience.
Retiring in 2002, Anne has spent her time volunteering and traveling. Her volunteer activities including the Vermilion, Ohio YMCA Board of Directors (chairman for 3 years); a Red Cross natural disaster volunteer case worker; property manager for her church’s retreat center; and head of Grace’s Kitchen, a community free meal program. Anne has traveled to the Far East, the Galapagos, Cabo, Europe, the national parks, Alaska and many trips out West to see children and grandchildren. She is an avid OSU football fan. Anne currently resides in Vermilion, Ohio. Nominators: biology teacher Harryet Snyder, Mike Johnson ’63.