Retired educators present award ADA — In its monthly luncheon at the Elks Lodge at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Pontotoc County Retired Educators Association presented Pioneer Educators Award to Suzanne McFarlane.
Several political representatives were present to read proclamations honoring her.
McFarlane attended grade and high school in Burlingame, Kan., and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economic, graduating with honors from Kansas State University. She received a masters degree in Elementary Education from East Central University.
She began her association with Ada Public Schools more than 20 years ago where she started the individual Learning Opportunity for gifted students.
She was Teacher of the Year in 1986 and finalist for State Teacher of the Year.
Active in numerous civic and church projects, she is probably best known for her work with Boy Scout Troop 4 since 1977 and for her efforts with the Back to School Basics program. She founded the program to insure that no child is without basic school supplies at the beginning of the school year, and she continues to serve as its chairman.