Jeanelle Holmes:  

CLASS OF 1964
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Spokane, WA
Spokane, WA
Spokane, WA

Jeanelle's Story

I graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in 1964. After graduation, I attended WSU and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education (English subject major and Speech minor). I was married in 1967 to another Lewis & Clark classmate, Ken Holmes. Ken also attended WSU and majored in Electrical Engineering. My first son, Steve, was born in 1968. Needless to say, I had one heck of a senior year! I wouldn't recommend doing student teaching, finishing my last year of college, and being pregnant all at the same time. A second son, Ron, was born in 1969. Ken graduated in 1969 and we moved the family to Garland, Texas, where we lived for one year. Next stop was Houston. We bought our first house there and put in a lot of sweat labor fixing it. We lived there for about seven years and left in 1976 at the height of the real estate boom. Then we were off to Austin and new employment ventures. I had a very good little business built up with AVON. I made President's Club each year. President's Club was for reps who were in the top 10% in sales on a national level. Won many awards. As a team leader I helped do demos and presentations for sales meetings, and recruited and trained new sales reps. During my tenure, I collected family favorite recipes from my customers and made a recipe book for each one. My district manager sent a copy of this recipe book to Kansas City (the divisional office of Avon) and my picture and an article about my book was written up in a national newsletter. Eventually, I gave up Avon because the business was taking too much time away from my family. The boys were both active in Boy Scouts and band - Steve (older son) played french horn and Ron (younger son) played trombone. Both boys were quite accomplished musicians - both made junior high/high school All-City and All-Region Bands, and All-City and All-Region Orchestras. Ron also made All-City Jazz Band. In 1986 Ken and I divorced after 19 years of marriage. In 1986 I began working for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas, as an assistant school librarian. Loved the job but, because of district budget cuts, I lost my job. Next stop with the school district was the Media Production/Cable TV Department. At the time, I didn't know a thing about television or production. I wondered why I should even interview for the position. No way would I land this job. Luck was on my side and I ...Expand for more
received a job offer later that same afternoon. Wow! The Media Production/Cable TV Department operated an educational television station on Time Warner Cable. As an administrative assistant, I was a jack of all trades and wore many hats - chief program scheduler for the department; selected and purchased educational programming with cable rights to be aired on our channel; researched and purchased production equipment; maintained payroll for our staff and 15 freelancers; maintained our district information board ("Chalkboard") which aired on our channel; and several departmental accounts. "Chalkboard" featured school news, bids, job openings, scholarships, school board meetings, weather alerts, lunch menus, healthy living information, sports schedules, and more. Quite often, district news would be in both English and Spanish. Sometimes I assisted with productions as needed. Our department taped a lot of student showcase events - marching band competitions; All-City Band, Choral, and Orchestra concerts; ethnic celebrations (Vietnamese, Hispanic and African American); and school plays. We also taped the standard press conferences, school board meetings, community forums, studio talking head programs, and anything else that came down the turnpike. This job was quite a challenge and I thoroughly loved it. I retired in 2012 after 29 years with AISD, Steve, my older son, is a tenured professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois-Champagne/Urbana and did a Post-Doc at Cornell University. He is currently married to a wonderful gal named Keeta who also works at UMSL. Ron, my younger son, graduated with a Psychology degree with a music minor(trombone) from Texas State University. He is currently employed in security for the State of Texas here in Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Brenda, are the proud parents of twins, Brynn Rose and Aiden Riley, who were born in July 2013. Beautiful children with such rosy dispositions. In my spare time, I volunteer at a nearby elementary school library. In my next life, I plan to come back as an elementary school librarian. I now have time to concentrate on my yard and flower beds. When I need to find a more creative outlet, counted cross stitch fills the gap. Unfortunately, I am running out of places to hang the finished pieces. Boyd's Bears and dogs are my favorite subjects.
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