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                                         Autobiography 
            by
Gloria Hansen Denison


After graduating from Arvin High, I attended Bakersfield College for two years, then transferred to Cal State L.A.  I graduated from that institution in June, 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a general elementary teaching credential.  I interviewed with the Montebello Unified School District and got a position teaching third grade at a K-6 school called Grandview Elementary which was later renamed Macy Elementary School.

Later, Macy Elementary became Macy Intermediate School with grades 5-8.  Team teaching was very big at the time and I was in a six person team working with all four grades.  I had also returned to Cal State and got a Master of Arts degree in education and a library science credential.

At that time Montebello had libraries in all their schools and needed credentialed librarians.  I wanted out of the classroom, I had been teaching ten years by then, and running the library sounded interesting to me.  I held that position until 1992 when the district had a financial problem and decided libraries no longer needed a credentialed person in charge of them.  All of us librarians were teachers so we went back into the classroom.

I wound up teaching basic math and pre algebra to seventh and eighth grade students who could see no reason whatsoever for learning this subject.  I did this until 2002.  In 2002 the district was more solvent and intermediate librarians were reinstated.  I worked three more years in the library, retiring in June, 2004 after forty years.  I spent nineteen years as a classroom teacher and twenty-one years as a librarian.  How time flies!

On a personal level, in October, 1968, I married Doug Denison.  We will be married thirty eight years this coming October.  I chose not to have children but Doug has three from his first marriage.  There are also five grandchildren, all boys.  One is in the army and none of us want him deployed to Iraq.

In the mid eighties I joined a Gregorian Chant class at Cal State L.A.  The group traveled to France and went to a small town south east of Paris called Solesmes (pronounced So-Lem) where we stayed for two weeks studying and practicing Gregorian Chant with the monks there.  At the end of the two weeks we traveled back to Paris, stopping in Chartes where we sang in the cathedral, then on to Notre Dame and sang there.

Doug, my sister Joy and her husband joined me in Paris.  We toured Paris, flew to London and drove through parts of southern England, flew to Dublin and drove through parts of southern Ireland.  It is the only time I've been out of the United States other than a time I went to Mexico City, Cuernavaca, Taxco and Acapulco  before Doug and I were married.

In the mid 1990s I started taking tap dancing lessons.  I had always wanted to learn tap and decided it was time.  Since retiring, I joined a singing group called Remember When.  We sing songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s.  Fun, fun, fun.

I love retirement.  I'm busy when I want to be and I can read whenever I want to.

 


Gloria and husband Doug Denison



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