Fern Anderson

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma gather around retired teacher Fern Anderson, who is holding up the plaque they presented her. It is a Lifetime Achievement Award for her role in education and in her community.

NEW PLYMOUTH — The Delta Kappa Gamma educators of Weiser, Payette, Fruitland, and New Plymouth recently honored local teacher, Fern Anderson, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anderson is a graduate of The College of Idaho. She earned this degree after many years as a homemaker and mother of seven. This led to a career with the New Plymouth School District, teaching seventh and eighth grade Remedial Reading, and second and fourth grade classrooms.

She was invited to membership in Delta Kappa Gamma in 1977. As a professional educator, Anderson took an active interest in the goings-on of the Idaho Legislature, especially with regard to Idaho schools and Idaho teachers, and was diligent in keeping members of this professional group well-informed.

Besides her reputation as an effective classroom teacher, Anderson is known for work in her church and community, organizing a support group for vision-impaired citizens, as well as founding the tri-county organization, Lower Snake River Retired Educators.

At age 99, she still enjoys involvement via the telephone, and stays busy knitting children’s stocking caps, which are distributed by local domestic violence agencies. She also finds time for weekly lunch and conversation at the New Plymouth Senior Center, where five of her children were able to attend this week’s surprise ceremony, along with former students and friends.

Delta Kappa Gamma is an honorary international organization for leading women educators.

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