I have never sat down to write an article that I have enjoyed more than this one. Doris Whalen is a person that every student would wish they had as a teacher.
When I was a junior at Del Norte High School in 1949 Doris’s husband, Mike Whalen, joined the Warrior staff as a teacher and coach. At the same time, Doris joined the teaching staff at Crescent Elk, where she taught second, fifth and sixth grade for four years.
In 1953 Doris moved to the high school. It amazes me that she was teaching here when I was in school and was still teaching here when I came back in 1980. She was still teaching at the high school in 1992 when I retired.
She went on for seven more years before retiring in 1999. During my 33 years as a teacher, coach and school administrator I never met a more dedicated, more respected teacher than Doris.
She always made her English classroom a very special place.