Rim Country Educator Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

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Educator Sue Myers is retired, but certainly not forgotten.

She now has a place in the Arizona Small and Rural Schools Association Hall of Fame.

Myers, the former principal of Frontier Elementary School in Payson and former superintendent of the Pine Elementary School, as well as a former teacher in Pine, was inducted into the hall of fame in late September at ceremonies at the Hon-Dah Conference Center, Pinetop.

"It was a surprise and a big honor," Myers said.

The recently retired educator was introduced by one of her former teachers, Kathe Ketchem, current superintendent of Pine Elementary School.

"She remembered things about my days in Pine that I had forgotten," Myers said.

The Hall of Fame program was instituted in 1996 by ASRSA and Northern Arizona University.

Among those already inducted are Eddie Basha and Rose Mofford.

Myers retired this year after 42 years in education, with 35 of those spent in Rim country schools.

Earlier this year, in an interview, Myers said the biggest change she has seen in the area schools is the size the number of students enrolled.

When she started at Pine, there were only 52 students and Payson had only one elementary school instead of three.

Education has changed as well, she said. So much more is known about how the brain works. Students used to have to ask permission to get a drink of water, Myers said. Now it is known that the brain needs water to function well, so students are allowed to have bottles of water at their desks, she said.

Myers and her husband, Jack, make their home in Pine.

She plans to use her new free time to volunteer with hospice and stay active with the Kiwanis Club. Myers also has travel plans. She returned from an extended visit in Japan just before the awards program, and will be going on a photographic safari in Africa in April. She also plans to spend time in Mexico participating in a Spanish language immersion program.

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