Our Past | 1984: Jackie Osborne and Hazel Kendrick retire from Waterville School

Selected by Karen Larsen

If you talk with people who were involved in Waterville School in the 60s, 70s and 80s, you may hear the names of Jackie Osborne and Hazel Kendrick. Osborne taught fourth grade and Kendrick was a teacher and then elementary school principal. These excerpts come from an article in the May 17, 1984 Waterville Empire Press.


Long-time Waterville teachers will be honored at reception Sunday

Two long-time teachers at Waterville Elementary School will be retiring at the end of this year—Hazel Kendrick and Jackie Osborne have taught at Waterville for 20 to 21 years respectively.

Hazel Kendrick said she started teaching school after she was married and had three children. She had two more daughters after starting her teaching career which was in Nespelem.

Hazel said she has taught almost all grade levels except the sixth grade and has also taught high school French in Winthrop.

“I have enjoyed my teaching career very much,” Hazel said. “I am proud of the fact that I was the first woman principal in our whole Educational Service District. There are quite a few now, but I was the first.”

Hazel became principal of the Waterville Elementary School nine or ten years ago.

Osborne started teaching school at Withrow and taught there for four years and 17 years at Waterville when the Withrow School was closed and everything was moved to town.

She said one of her fondest memories was the community picnic held at the end of the last year before the Withrow School was closed.

“The children and we two teachers went to Ephrata and picnicked,” she said. “Then the children got on the train from Ephrata to Wenatchee where their parents picked them up. It was a community thing and people went even if they didn’t have kids in school.”

Hazel said the biggest positive change she has noticed through the years has been in children’s abilities to make decisions. She said she thought children were more willing to make decisions and to live with the consequences of those decisions.

The negative of that positive, she said, was a lack of guidance as children get older in making value decisions particularly.

Jackie mentioned that Hazel was the driving force behind the Grandmother’s Tea which has been held the last several years at Waterville School.

The tea was started the year of the Bicentennial and gave older people a chance to visit the school and see what was going on.