Monday, September 24, 2012

Who Can Remember Jefferson School Teachers?

UPDATE: Thanks to Alan Landros for the additional Jefferson faculty photos! And thanks to Mrs. Cynthia Faust, former Jefferson teacher, for identifying many of these teachers who are pictured.

Thomas Jefferson Faculty and Staff, November 1960:

First Row from left:

Mrs. Crocker (4th); Mrs. Andrea Adams (4th) (later Canady); Mrs. Eleanor Dye (2nd); Mrs. Jean Eichenfeld Smreker (2nd); Mrs. Sybil Ellis (2nd) - deceased; Mrs. Joan Maxwell (5th) - now living in Burbank; Mrs. Kathy Allen (K) - deceased; Mrs. Joan Rogers (1st) (later Giles) - deceased; Miss Nellie Falvey (2nd) (later Uhl) - now living in Aliso Viejo; Miss Helen Steadman (5th) - now living in La Crescenta; Mr. Jack Brodowy (6th); Mr. Ben Selznick (6th)

Second Row from left:

Ms Wildey (5th); Miss Betty Jean Ohs (5th) (later Steinkolk) - deceased; Mr. Floyd Cross (Head Custodian); name not known (Cafeteria); Miss Joy Veazey (3rd) - deceased; Mrs. Christenberry (1st); Mrs. Cynthia Faust (3rd) - now living in Glendale; Mrs. Geraldine Hukill (3rd) - deceased; Mrs. Bliss Jones (K) - deceased; Mrs. Maggie Dyer (4th); Mrs. Ida May Sanders (3rd); Mrs. Ruth Freckelton (1st) - deceased; Mrs. Mary Gray (1st) - deceased; Mrs. Lois Tindell (6th) (later Sharff) - deceased; Mr. David Lawton (Principal) - deceased; Mrs. Lynn Eichlin (6th) - deceased

Third Row from left:

name not known (Custodian); name not known (Female Custodian); Mr. Virgil Malone (Custodian); Mrs. Joanne Moore; Miss Dunleavy (4th); Ms Cronenberger (1st); Miss Cheryl Johnson; Mrs. Carol Shipley; name not known (Office Clerk); Mrs. Viola Trumble (School Secretary) - deceased; Mrs. Novins; Mrs. Mary Kate Long (4th); Mrs. Helen Koch (K) - deceased; Miss Pat Hagen (3rd)

Thomas Jefferson Faculty and Staff, November 1964:

First Row from left:

Mrs. Ruth DeMandel Final - now living in Westlake Village; ?not known?; Mrs. Gail Whitney Copeland (4th) - now living in Glendale; Mrs. Andrea Adams Canady (4th); Ms Kay Palmer; Mrs. Joanie Rogers Giles (1st) - deceased; Mrs. Sybil Ellis (2nd) - deceased; Mrs. Jean Eichenfeld Smreker (2nd); ?not known?; Mrs. Marilyn Katzman Deal

Second Row from left:

Custodian - name not known; Mr. Jack Brodowy (6th); Mrs. Kay McKenzie; Mrs. Sylvia Nielsen; Miss Helen Steadman (5th) - now living in La Crescenta; Mrs. Bliss Jones (K) - deceased; Mrs. Williamson??; Ms Suzanne Ethridge - now living in Downey; Miss Betty Jean Ohs (6th that year) - (later Steinkolk) - deceased; Mrs. Lynn Eichlin (6th) - deceased; Mrs. Lois Tindell Sharff (6th) - deceased; Principal David Lawton - deceased

Third Row from left:

Mr. Virgil Malone - Head Custodian; Custodian - name not known; Female Custodian - name not known; Mrs. Cynthia Faust Hurst - living in Glendale; Mrs. Viola Trumble - School Secretary - deceased; Mr. Jean Mathias (6th); Mr. Chatfield


Received the following from Greg van der Werf... Looks like a fun game!

Hi Cathy -

Some of us are trying to remember the names of teachers in Jefferson School, and matching up the names with the room numbers. No doubt other people would remember what we have forgotten. Maybe you can help by posting?

David Lawton was the principal.

Mr Cross was the janitor.

This is Burbank trivia at its best!

Room 1 Mrs Carol Hoosier

2 Mrs Binion

3 Mrs Ruth Freckelton


5 Mrs Jeanne Cornwell

6 Mrs Mary Gray


8 Mrs Aikers


10 (?) Mrs Beer


12 Mrs Lois Wiebe (sure of name, not of room)




16 (?) Mrs Lampson

17 Mrs Geraldine Hukill



20 Mrs Beverly Roeher


22 Miss Betty Jean Ohs

23 Mrs Wentzel

24 Mrs Maxwell

25 Miss Helen Stedman

26 Mrs (Miss?) Tindell

27 Mr (Michael?) Brodowy

28 Mrs Eichlin

29 Mr Bernard Selznick (or was he Room 30? Was there a Room 30?)

These are all we can remember now. Not sure of the rooms for Maxwell, Stedman, and Tindell. Apparently one of the 4th grade teachers was Mrs Joyce.

There were also bungalow rooms, and we don't remember the numbers.

Bungalow 30 Mrs Eaker (?)

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Also, here is a previous post regarding Jefferson...

September 25, 2012 New comment from Greg...

I thought there might be an easier way, so I called Jefferson School to see if they maintained a teachers' roster from years past, and the staff sed they didn't. Too bad. However, I'll give Mrs Cornwell a call. Surely she can fill in some of the gaps.

By the way, Alan Singer reminded me that he and Rick Leaf were eraser monitors at Jefferson. Wow. I had completely forgotten that !

2nd UPDATE! Cathy Nicholls Coyle just sent me these 2 great pics from our reunion this past summer - thanks Cathy :)




3rd UPDATE :)

Chris Morris' teachers at Jefferson:
Kindergarten, P.M. Mrs Ford 1954/55
1st Grade Mrs Sanders 1955/56
2nd Grade Mrs Wiebe 1956/57
3rd Grade Miss Patrick 1957/58
4th Grade Mrs Crocker 1958/59
5th Grade Miss Stedman 1959/60
6th Grade Mrs Eichlin 1960/61
Room numbers unknown.

September 26, 2012 UPDATE

Hi Cathy,

Off the top of my head Miss Leppe was 2nd grade and Miss Veazy was 3rd grade (in a bungalow). She always wore these shoes with a fruit deocration on top. I would have to pull out my scrapbook for room numbers. This was fun.

Carol Thompson Horton


Hi Cathy,

Here is a list of my teachers at Jefferson, but don’t recall all the room numbers.

K: Mrs. Dodd—Room 2?—1954-55

1: Mrs. Goodman—Room 4—1955-56

2: Mrs. Lois Wiebe—Room 12?—1956-57

3: Miss Joy Veazey—Bungalow 28—1957 -58

4: Miss Helen Stedman—Room 18?—1958-59

5: Miss Betty Jean Ohs—Room 22—1959-60

6: Mrs. Lynn Eichlin—Room 28—1960-61

I also recall hearing that Miss Ohs later got married and taught Social Studies at Muir. I also think she and her husband had an avocado farm in the North County Area of San Diego. I believe her married name started with an S. She always read us the Caddie Woodlawn books (which I later had to get for my kids). Her favorite line from the book—“If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again.” Although Caddie thought it was, “If at first you don’t fricassee, then fry, fry a hen!” Miss Ohs was originally from Minnesota, often telling us stories of the “Land of 1000 Lakes.”

Greg, Deanna and I were on our walk last night wondering what inspired this quest. Looks like there is a great chance Jefferson students will be able to help complete the list.

Joanne Yoffee Furer


And from Greg van der Werff...

Hi Cathy -

At first, I thought to try to just fill in the name of each Jefferson teacher with their room numbers. But, of course, it's much more complicated than that. Not all the teachers stayed for the entire seven-year period we were there, and also, their room assignments changed a little from year to year.

So, at the risk of turning this into a BIG DEAL, I would propose a different format for the information, so that other people can add to it accurately. The years 1966, 1967, and 1968 are the high school class that would eventually graduate from the given elementary class shown below. The initials are the those of the classmates who provided the information. Here's what we know so far:



1st Grade
Mrs Gelfan BSF

Principal: Mr Boyd JS

Kindergarten 1966
K Mrs Ruth Freckelton 3 RC, JS

Principal: ?

Kindergarten 1967
Mrs Binion 2 AS
Mrs Ford k-pm CM
(Mrs Kushman?)
Mrs Dodd 2? JYF

1st Grade: 1966
Mrs Mary Gray 6 JS
Mrs Aikers 8 RC

Principal: David Lawton (until 1961+; he was the nephew of Russell Croad, Superintendent, BUSD for many years)

Kindergarten 1968
Mrs Carol Hoosier k-am 1 GV
Mrs Binion WG

1st Grade 1967
Mrs Goodman 4 JYF
Mrs Ida May Sanders CM, AL

2nd Grade 1966
Mrs Beer 10 RC
Dr Joan Flint 11 JS

3rd Grade 1965

4th Grade 1964
Miss Betty Jean Ohs BSF


1st Grade 1968
Mrs Jeanne Cornwell 5 GV, WG
Mrs Mary Gray 6 GV

2nd Grade 1967
Miss Leppe CTH
Mrs Beer 10 CDM
Mrs Lois Wiebe 12? CM, JYF

3rd Grade 1966
Mrs Lampson 16? RC
Mrs Jean Eichenfeld 17 JS

4th Grade 1965

5th Grade 1964
Mrs Wentzel BSF


Kindergarten 1970
Mrs Helen Koch k-pm 3 AL

1st Grade 1969

2nd Grade 1968
Mrs Lois Wiebe 12? GV

3rd Grade 1967
Miss Patrick CM
Mrs Goldojarb TTM
Miss Joy Veazey B28 JYF

4th Grade 1966
Mrs Eaker? B30 RC
Miss Connie Spalding 18 JS

5th Grade 1965

6th Grade 1964
Miss Simon BSF


Kindergarten 1971
Miss/Mrs Smith KYS

1st Grade 1970
Mrs Mary Gray 6 AL

2nd Grade 1969

3rd Grade 1968
Mrs Geraldine Hukill 17 GV, AL Geraldine Gregory "Gerry" Hukill

4th Grade 1967
Miss Helen Stedman 23 JYF
Mrs Beverly Roeher 20? GV
Miss Spalding TTM
Mrs Crocker CM
Mrs Joan Maxwell GV, AL

5th Grade 1966
(Mr Durham?) JS
Mrs B. Wentzel 23 JS

6th Grade 1965


1st Grade 1971
Mrs Mary Gray KYS

2nd Grade 1970
Miss Nellie Falvey 10 AL later Mrs Nelley Uhl

3rd Grade 1969

4th Grade 1968
Mrs Joyce

5th Grade 1967
Miss Betty Jean Ohs 22 GV, JYF, AL later Mrs Betty Steinkolk
Mrs Wentzel 23 GV
Miss Helen Stedman 25? CM
(Mr Durham?)

6th Grade 1966
Mr Bernard Selznick 29 JS


Kindergarten 1973
Mrs Kathy Allen SP60/61
Mrs Bliss Jones SP60/61
Mrs Helen Koch SP60/61

1st Grade 1972
Mrs Joan Rogers SP60/61 later Mrs Joan Giles
Mrs Christenberry SP60/61
Mrs Ruth Freckelton SP60/61
Mrs Mary Gray SP60/61
Ms Cronenberger SP60/61

2nd Grade 1971
Miss Jean Eichenfeld KYS later Mrs Jean Smrekar
Mrs Eleanor Dye SP60/61
Mrs Sybil Ellis SP60/61
Miss Nellie Falvey SP60/61 later Mrs Nellie Uhl
Miss Cynthia Faust SP60/61

3rd Grade 1970
Miss Joy Veazey SP60/61
Mrs Ida May Sanders SP60/61
Miss Pat Hagen SP60/61
Mrs Geraldine Hukill 17 AL

4th Grade 1969
Mrs Crocker SP60/61
Mrs Andrea Adams SP60/61 later Mrs Andrea Canady
Mrs Maggie Dyer SP60/61
Mrs Dunleavy SP60/61
Mrs Mary Kate Long SP60/61

5th Grade 1968
Miss Betty Jean Ohs 22 GV later Mrs Betty Steinkolk AS, AL
Miss Wildey (23) SP60/61
Mrs Joan Maxwell (24) SP60/61
Miss Helen Stedman (25) SP60/61

6th Grade 1967
Mrs Lois Tindell 26 GV, AL later Mrs Lois Burbank, later Mrs Lois Sharff
Mr Jack Brodowy 27 GV, AL
Mrs "Lynn" Eichlin 28 CM, JYF, AL Mrs Marilyn Louise Kemper "Lynn" Eichlin
Mr Bernard Selznick 29 GV

Grade unknown: Mrs Joanne Moore; Miss Cheryl Johnson; Mrs Carol Shipley; Mrs Novins


3rd Grade 1971
Miss Cynthia Faust KYS later Mrs Hurst

4th Grade 1970
Miss Gail Whitney 21 AL later Mrs Gail Copeland

5th Grade 1969

6th Grade 1968


4th Grade 1971
Miss Thompson KYS

5th Grade 1970
Miss Betty Jean Ohs 22 AL

6th Grade 1969


5th Grade 1971
Mrs Helen Stedman KYS

6th Grade 1970
Mrs "Lynn" Eichlin 28 AL


Kindergarten 1977
Mrs Bliss Jones SP64/65

1st Grade 1976
Mrs Joanie Rogers Giles SP64.65

2nd Grade 1975
Mrs Sybil Ellis SP64/65
Mrs Jean Eichenfeld Smreker SP64/65

3rd Grade 1974

4th Grade 1973
Mrs Gail Whitney Copeland SP64/65

5th Grade 1972
Miss Helen Stedman SP64/65

6th Grade 1971
Mrs Lois Tindell Sharff SP64/65
Miss Betty Jean Ohs SP64/65 later Mrs Betty Jean Steinkolk
Mrs "Lynn" Eichlin KYS
Mr Jack Brodowy SP64/65
Mr Jean Mathias 29 SP64/65

Other teachers, 1964/65: Mrs Ruth DeMandel Final; Ms Kay Palmer; Mrs Marilyn Katzman Deal; Mrs Kay McKenzie; Mrs Sylvia Nielsen; Mrs Williamson?; Ms Suzanne Ethridge; Mrs Cynthia Faust Hurst; Mr Chatfield


Mr Cross was the school janitor CDM (Carolyn, you got this whole thing started.)
Mr Virgil Malone was the school janitor SP64/65 (AL)
Vi Trumble was the school secretary, and Mr Lawton's secretary AL
Mrs Helen Weber was school nurse until 1958 AL
Mrs Patricia Hutchcraft was school nurse after 1958 AL

Room 30 and 31 were bungalows AL

Unplaced, about 1957-1961, per AL:

Mrs Kathy Allen 1
Mrs Bliss Jones 2
Mrs Helen Koch 3
Mrs Joan Rogers 7
Mrs Mary Kate Long 20
Mrs Ida May Sanders B30
Mrs Cynthia Faust later Hurst; later Faust, starting 1959
Mrs Andrea Adams later Channing; about 1960


RC Ron Coen 1966
BSF Bonnie Schredder Friedman 1963
JYF Joanne Yoffee Furer 1967
WG Will Geselbracht 1968
CTH Carol Thompson Horton 1967
AL Alan Landros 1970
TTM Teri Troxel Mcclain 1967
CM Chris Morris 1967
CDM Carolyn Diehl Munch 1967
JS Jeff Schredder 1966
AS Alan Singer 1967
KYS Karen Yoffee Sklar 1971
GV Greg Van Der Werff 1967
SP60/61 Staff Photo 60/61 (AL)
SP64/65 Staff Photo 64/65 (AL)

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Thanks for sending this e-mail regarding former teachers at Thomas Jefferson. First, let me mention that I have just learned that Thomas Jefferson opened in 1948, the new John Muir campus opened in September 1952, and Horace Mann opened the fall of 1955. I was three years behind your classmates who attended Jefferson, and I was there from 1957 until 1964. Here is what I can add to the discussion:

Principal David Lawton was already at Jefferson when I began in 1957. He remained there at least through the mid 60's. He was the nephew of Mr. Russell Croad, who was the Superintendent of the BUSD in the 1950's and into the 60's. David Lawton passed away in November 1997 from cancer, at age 86, while living with his wife in Murrieta in Riverside County. (His son, David, Jr. ("Judd"), BHS '72, was Police Chief of San Gabriel for many years, retiring a couple of years ago.)

Mrs. Viola "Vi" Trumble was the school secretary and Mr. Lawton's secretary. She passed away in August 1997 at age 81.

Mrs. Helen Weber was the school nurse until 1958 when she became school nurse at BHS and remained there until 1970. She passed away in May 2005 just short of age 99. Mrs. Patricia Hutchcraft replaced Mrs. Weber as school nurse at Jefferson, and remained there at least through the mid 60's. She is living in Van Nuys.

Mr. Floyd Cross was the Head Custodian.

Room 6, Mrs. Mary Gray, retired in 1961. She passed away in November 1975 at age 79.

Room 17, Mrs. Geraldine Gregory "Gerry" Hukill. Passed away in February 1979 at age 79 while living in San Diego.

Room 22, Miss Betty Jean Ohs. She later became Mrs. Betty Steinkolk. She taught at John Muir beginning in 1966. After that she became an administrator with BUSD, and was the BHS Principal in the 1979/80 school year. She was with BUSD for 34 years. She passed away in June 2009 at age 81, after living many years with her husband in Valley Center near Escondido, on their 27 acre property of avocados and an orange grove. Her passing was due to dementia, as was the same for her mother, sister, and three of her brothers.

Room 23 was Miss Helen Steadman. She is living in La Crescenta, and is now 84.

Room 24, Mrs. Joan Maxwell. She is living in Burbank with her husband in same home for over 50 years. She retired as a Principal in the West San Fernando Valley. She is in her mid 70's.

Room 26, Mrs. Lois Tindell. She later became Mrs. Lois Burbank. Then went back to Lois Tindell. Still later she became Mrs. Lois Sharff. She retired from Jefferson about 1969, and moved with her husband to Santa Clarita Valley. She passed away in October 1992 at age 83.

Room 27, Mr. Jack Brodowy

Room 28, Mrs. Marilyn Louise Kemper "Lynn" Eichlin. She taught for the BUSD for 35 1/2 years, retiring from Jefferson in 1982. She passed away in August 2005 at age 84 at her Burbank home of many years.

Room 29 was Mr. Ben Selznick. When he left Jefferson around 1962 or 1963 Mr. Jean Mathias ("Jean" correct spelling) took Room 29.

"Room" 30 and "Room" 31 were the two bungalows located next to the Karen St. gate.

I'll list Room numbers with the teachers who were in them that I remember during some point between 1957 and 1961 when your classmates graduated from Jefferson:

Room 1 - Mrs. Kathy Allen, deceased in 1970's or early 1980's from cancer.

Room 2 - Mrs. Bliss Jones, died in February 1973 at age 73 while traveling on an African Safari.

Room 3 - Mrs. Helen Koch ("Coke"), deceased in December 1987 at age 68.

Room 6 - Mrs. Mary Gray (mentioned above)

Room 7 - Mrs. Joan Rogers, later became Mrs. Joan Giles, is deceased.

Room 10 - Miss Nellie Falvey, first year 1959/60. She later became Mrs. Nellie Uhl. She is living with her husband in Aliso Viejo in Orange County. Last year they had their 50th wedding anniversary. She is in her mid 70's. After Jefferson she taught many years at Miller in Burbank.

Room 17 - Mrs. Geraldine "Gerry" Hukill (mentioned above)

Room 20 - Mrs. Mary Kate Long

Room 22 - Miss Betty Jean Ohs (mentioned above)

Room 23 - Miss Helen Steadman (mentioned above)

Room 26 - Mrs. Lois Tindell (mentioned above)

Room 27 - Mr. Jack Brodowy

Room 28 - Mrs. Lynn Eichlin (mentioned above)

Room 29 - Mr. Ben Selznick

Bungalow 30 - Mrs. Ida May Sanders

Also, beginning in 1959 at Jefferson was Mrs. Cynthia Faust. She later became Mrs. Cynthia Hurst, but then went back to Cynthia Faust. She taught at Jefferson, and was in administration there, for 44 years, before official retirement in 2003. She continues to have an office at Jefferson, and represents the BUSD at many county and state school district functions. She is in her mid 70's, and lives in Glendale. She is the current Burbank Noontime Kiwanis President. I think her room number at Jefferson was Room 15.

Mrs. Andrea Adams also began at Jefferson about 1960. She later became Mrs. Andrea Canady, and was with BUSD for 44 years.

And finally I'll list my own teachers and rooms while I was at Jefferson, (happy memories):

Room 3, PM Kindergarten 1957/58, Mrs. Helen Koch ("Coke"). Deceased (Her husband, Wes Koch, owned Burbank Nursery on San Fernando Rd., and later was City of Burbank Parks Superintendent. He passed away while having lunch at the Smoke House in May 2008.)

Room 6, 1st 1958/59, Mrs. Mary Gray. Deceased

Room 10, 2nd 1959/60, Miss Nellie Falvey, (first year teaching), later became Mrs. Nellie Uhl, now living in Aliso Viejo.

Room 17, 3rd 1960/61, Mrs. Geraldine Hukill. Deceased

Room 21, 4th 1961/62, Miss Gail Whitney, (first year teaching), later became Mrs. Gail Copeland, now living in Glendale. (BHS '57 Class)(Mrs. Copeland retired in 2004 after 43 years with BUSD, last 18 years as Principal of Miller Elementary in Burbank.)

Room 22, 5th 1962/63, Miss Betty Jean Ohs, later became Mrs. Betty Steinkolk. Deceased

Room 28, 6th 1963/64, Mrs. Marilyn "Lynn" Eichlin. Deceased

Alan Landros, BHS '70

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Wes Clark and Mike McDaniel just uploaded the 1966-1967 Burbank Unified School District Directory which includes names of all the Burbank teachers.

Here is the link:


  1. Room 3--Mrs. Freckleton
    Room 8--Mrs Aikers
    Room 10 (?)--Mrs. Beer
    Room 16 (?)--Mrs. Lampson
    Bungalow 30--Mrs. Eaker (?)

  2. Thanks Ron! Added your input :)

  3. Some corrections from Jeff Schredder, BHS '66:

    I'm still looking for my report cards. I know I have them it's just a matter of locating them amid all the clutter. I remember who my teachers were but I need to locate the report cards to show the room numbers.

    I believe Miss Tindell became the Girls' Dean at Muir when we were there.

    Anson (Heimlick) had Miss Cornwell in the first grade. Bonnie (Schredder) had Miss Ohs in the fourth grade.

    Mr. Selznick's first name was Bernard, I believe. David Selznick was the famous movie producer.

    When I was in kindergarten the principal was Mr. Boyd. Mr Lawton replaced him.

    I recall two male teachers: Selznick and Durham (who was in charge of the AV boys).

    Ruth Freckelton (not Freckleton). I had her for kindergarten (1953/54).

    -- Jeff

  4. My Name is Michele Hansen and I went to Jefferson from 1967-69. I remember having Mrs Strobe for 5th grade and Mr Wesley Gwynn for 6th grade. I believe it was his first year there. He had a bungalow that was next to the ramp that went down to the playground. There was also a heavy lady Mrs Browning who taught 6th grade. I'm wondering if anyone remembers him and what happened to him. He reminded me of Glen Cambell. Yes I had a crush on him. Thanks