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Lisbeth "Beth" Holley Stephens

Profile Updated: April 19, 2014
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Class Year:
1970
Residing In:
San Jose, CA USA
Spouse/Partner:
Frank Stephens
Occupation:
teacher
Children:
Max Bottaro, 1986
Yes! Attending Reunion
Biography / Comments:

After Lanier I attended Montevallo and then transfered to the University of AL in Tuscaloosa. I remember that my English classes at Lanier had been a lot more rigorous than college. After a semester in London and several trips to Ireland, I lived and worked in Boston where I met and married my first husband. We lived in England for several years then settled in the Bay Area in CA where my son Max was born and raised. I divorced in 2007 and remarried in 2012 to a Brit whose extended family lives in Ireland so my time in the UK has been put to good use!
I have been a Montessori teacher low these many years. It is a real passion of mine and working with really young children has been charming and motivating. I am currently a kindergarten and first grade teacher at the Hammer Montessori School in Willow Glen area of San Jose, CA. My son Max is a banker in Palo Alto and lives nearby with his sweetheart and my husband has two daughters (one is a school principal, the other is a cop!) a son-in-law and two grandchildren so we do have family near-by though others are far flung. My mother is still living (and gardening and church going) on Jasmine Hill Road and we do love the occasional visit to reacquaint ourselves with humidity, cicadas and the lovely cadences of Southern voices.

School Stories:

As a military child moving from place to place, we were always new and new to the area. When my father (Richard T. Holley, 1940) retired from the military and we returned to Montgomery, we shared his alma mater. I was amazed that he knew the school I was attending and even some of the staff were the same! I was very touched that the Lanier website carried his obitury.
My Montessori training and my English classes with Mrs. Fowler were the best learning experiences I have had. Mrs. Fowler encouraged me in Future Teachers of America for which I am very grateful. I do appreciate Couch Boykin trying to "get 'em while they are hot" and drum some math into me! I enjoyed working on the literary magazine my senior year.