Alumna Retires After 50 Years In Education

January 13, 2017
Prairie View A&M University

Jo Shedwin ’66, will retire this year from Ector County Independent School District after 50 years of service. A native of Tennessee Colony, Texas, Shedwin has been a teacher in the school district since she graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 1966.

When Shedwin was hired in ’66, she was teaching United States History at Ector High School. Over the past 50 years, she has taught the entire social studies curriculum the Odessa public school system has to offer. Being the eldest of four children, she was instructed by her parents to excel no matter the circumstances. Her parents strongly believed there was no substitute for a great education. The children were told to learn from the books provided to them and study with intention and dignity.

Growing up in the agrarian segregated south, Tenessee Colony, Texas was a east central rural community. Although Shedwin and her siblings were raised in troubling times, their parents instructed them to always carry themselves with pride. She phrased the motto her mother and father instilled in them, “Just because you are treated as a second class citizen, you don’t have to act like one.”

During her time in the E.C.I.S.D., Shedwin has accumulated various accolades like being selected as a Who’s Who among High School Teacher multiple times and being appointed the Social Studies Department Chair. On December 13th, 2016, she was honored by the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees for her service. Her work has reached outside the classroom and gone global. Her active membership at Mount Olive Baptist Church in the Christian Lay ministry has allowed her to travel to Seoul, South Korea and Hara, Zimbabwe in South Africa for the Baptist World

Written by Jourdan B. Scruggs