May 2, 2002
SCR-I To Bid Farewell To Two Long-Time Educators
The last day of school is monumental for students and faculty alike. Summer vacation is on the way. This year the last day of school will also mark the end of a pair of teaching careers that have had a huge impact on Scotland County students over the past 30 years.
The SCR-I district will bid farewell to Connie Courtney and Julie Clapp who have combined for 62 years of service to local students.
While neither educator was born in Scotland County, both have come to call it home, the place where they have raised their families.
Courtney was born in Lincoln, NE, before moving to Scotland County at a young age. She attended elementary school at Fairfield, a one-room school house north of Arbela. She then graduated from Memphis High School.
She started her teaching career in 1965 in Clark County as a seventh-eighth grade instructor. She then returned to Scotland County R-I where she wore a variety of hats including first grade teacher, remedial reading and special education instructor, elementary counselor, director of special programs, high school counselor, activity director and ultimately high school principal.
Clapp grew up in Carthage where she graduated from high school before moving on to Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville where she earned her bachelor and master degrees as well as a reading specialist degree.
Julie began her teaching career at LaBelle as a fourth grade instructor. She moved to Scotland County the following year and spent the next 28 years teaching first grade and third grade before shifting to her current position as Title I Reading Director.
That job has transitioned into her newest opportunity to serve as Director of the Truman Literary Consortium at Truman State University in Kirksville. The position serves a number of school districts in northeast Missouri, including SCR-I.
"I am looking forward to a new second career when I will still be able to work with the great teachers in Scotland County," Clapp said.
Courtney has not finalized her future plans but has indicated she will continue to work in the education field.
"I hope to continue my career at the post-secondary level as an instructor or administrator," she said.
Both teachers have produced a lifetime of memories and friendships during their tenure at SCR-I.
"It's impossible to specify a most memorable moment, there have been so many," "Courtney said. "Most significant to me have been the many wonderful relationships that have developed with both students and staff throughout the years."
Clapp said she feels fortunate to have been able to work in one community for so long.
"It is a special blessing to see my 'little' first graders grow up and become wonderful parents to my students," Clapp said. "I wish I had written down all the funny things the kids have said and done. There have been many over the years."
Connie is the daughter of Paul and Peggy Racey of Palmyra, and the daughter-in-law of Madlyn Courtney of Memphis. Her son, Foster Courtney is a sophomore at Culver-Stockton College.
Julie and her husband, Fred, have a son in college as well. Adam is a freshman at the University of Kansas.