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By Adam Madison

Triplicate staff writer

Dorothy Ishoy will be this year's Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July parade.

andquot;I was very surprised, I was just kind of shocked,andquot; said Ishoy, 87, of Crescent City, about her nomination.

Ishoy's late husband, Jan Ishoy was a building inspector, so his line of work brought them to the area.

andquot;I cried when I first arrived here,andquot; Ishoy said about her move.

Ishoy retired in 1964. She began teaching art through the Del Norte County Schools andquot;Art for Schoolandquot; program soon after retirement. She has lived here for 43 years.

andquot;In high school I taught Sunday school as I kid,andquot; Ishoy said about her life-long love for teaching youth.

Ishoy currently teaches pastels and watercolor to the younger crowd on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. She teaches an adult watercolor class on Saturdays.

andquot;Some of the kids that I teach are (now) adults,andquot; Ishoy said.

The classroom for Ishoy's art class is in the upstairs portion of the Crescent Harbor Art Gallery.

andquot;They (her colleagues) can't climb the stairs, so they gave it to me,andquot; Ishoy said as she nearly jogged up the steps to the classroom.

When asked why she chose the upstairs room, Ishoy said with a smile and a wink, andquot;The children can still climb the stairs.andquot;

Ishoy taught youth and was a leader in childhood education for many years before she even arrived in Crescent City.

andquot;I was a den mother for my first son also,andquot; she said.

Ishoy taught kindergarten for 10 years in Riverside, then first grade for another 10 years at Smith River Elementary School before she retiring. Ishoy also was a 4-H Club leader for 15 years.

Such broad experience led to her nomination.

andquot;When I saw what the theme was, I thought, 'Who do I know that has spent a lot of time giving to children,andquot; said Dorothy Pasch, a Crescent City resident who wrote a letter to the Chamber of Commerce nominating Ishoy.

Pasch wrote in her letter that andquot;I can see how she 'looked through the eyes of a child.' ... Other teachers do it for pay, she does it for her love of art.andquot;

A nomination letter for Ishoy also was written by Betty Buck.

andquot;I know how dedicated she is; she's so patient with them (her students), she's worked with kids her whole life,andquot; Buck said. andquot;I think it's quite an honor, she deserves it.andquot;

Virginia Smith's also wrote a nomination letter saying of Ishoy, andquot;She's an excellent artist herself, but also an artist at teaching art.andquot;

Reach Adam Madison at amadison@triplicate.com.

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