Two teachers, Janice Taylor and Lindy Holloway, are retiring from Liberty County High School. Together, they have more than 70 years of teaching experience.
Taylor accepted her first teaching position as a business-education teacher at Bradwell Institute after graduating from Georgia College in Milledgeville in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in business education.
While working at BI, she earned a Master of Education from Georgia Southern University and an education-specialist degree from Valdosta State University.
After 29 years at Bradwell Institute, Taylor joined Liberty County High School, where a former student was her administrator.
In 2011, she retired from the Liberty County School System but continued teaching part time at LCHS for three more years. She has worked for the Liberty County School System for 35 years.
Taylor said she had two special role models as she began her career.
Her first role model was her mother, Chloe Turner, who taught her in first grade and retired from teaching in 1987 after 43 years of service.
Taylor’s other role model was her high school business-education teacher, Marion Harwell, at Greene County High School in Greensboro, Georgia.
Although both mentors were instrumental in Taylor’s preparation to become a teacher, Harwell’s teachings led her to study business education.
Throughout her teaching career, Taylor has thanked God and these two women for the role that they played in her life. Although she has experienced many changes in education, she said that her experiences with her students, for the most part, had a positive effect on her life.
Holloway began her career at Glennville High School in 1977, teaching English to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. She taught in five school districts in Georgia before retiring from Liberty County High School in 2010.
When given the opportunity to work part time, Holloway continued teaching at Liberty County High School for four more years.
Including the years of part-time employment, she has taught for 37 years. Holloway continued her education throughout those years, earning her final degree, a doctorate in curriculum studies, from Georgia Southern University in 2004.
Holloway said she is grateful for the teaching positions she has held during her career. She said she has learned much from her students and believes they have had a far greater influence on her than she has had on them.