As i wasÂ selecting a good subject for this weeks edition, I realized that there is a family of 5, that will be starting back to school tomorrow, in fact 5 different schools.Â ThatÂ would be the Darrell & Lee Ann McDaniel family.
Darrell & LeeÂ Ann have been married for 25 years, as of lastÂ September.Â The family is very active in Northside Baptist Church, where Darrell was brought up, and where Lee Ann began attending, when she and Darrell got married.
Darrell was born inÂ Heber Springs, and moved to Monticello in the 5th grade.Â Lee Ann wasÂ raised in Arkadelphia, untilÂ the 8th grade,Â whenÂ her familyÂ also moved to Monticello.Â
Monday morning, when all of Monticello and Drew Central schools start theirÂ 2008 school years, the McDaniels will also go back to school.
All 5 of them, each going to a different school.
Darrell is an instructor at the Occupational Education Center (vocational technical school) for the Monticello School District.Â Actually he’ll beÂ teaching the same “Metal Trades” class that he took, when he was attending vo-tech.Â Darrell took what he learned in that class, and spent over 20 years working at Burlington as a machinist, before coming full circle back to teaching.
Lee Ann will return to UAM. She works in the purchasing office for the University.Â She has been there for 4 years.Â Prior to UAM, Lee Ann worked at Bartons
As you’re reading this, Katie, a freshman at UA Fayetteville, is probably already on her way back to school.Â She’s working on her Pre-Med major.
Julie, a MHS freshman, plays saxophone in the band, and is in EAST Lab.
Jordan is a 4th grader at MIS.
The family all likes to spend time outdoors, especially around the water.
Darrell’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, and metal craft.
Lee Ann likes to spend her free time reading, gardening, or watching NASCAR.
Katie spends her free time on the phone, according to her mom, when she should be studying.
Julie’s favorite past-times include reading and playing video games.
Jordan likes hunting and fishing, like his dad, and killed his first deer this year.Â Jordan spends any free time he has harassing his older sisters (just ask them).
The family pets include Buddy, the dog, and 9 cats.
Usually now is the time in the interview whenÂ I ask about “favorites”, so this week will represent the family’sÂ ”combined” answers.
Their favorites include:
Movie-Toy Story and Santa Clause movies.
Music-Lee Ann likes contemporary Christian music and the family usually listens to country.
Favorite actors & books-Too hard to agree on.
Favorite songs-Amazing Grace and Sweet Beulahland.
Favorite sports teams-Billies and Hogs.
Monday morning, as we are all getting back in the habit of “school”, remember the McDaniel family.
5 family members, 5 different schools.
Thanks to all of the McDaniels, for sharing your One (or 5) Monticello Life.
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