*Betty Glasheen Endowed Lower School / Upper Elementary Faculty Fund
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Glasheen joined Shelton School in January 1979. At the time, Shelton had 111 students. Betty has experienced Shelton in numerous places and spaces throughout its history – shopping center spaces, churches, and several campuses. At the time of her retirement in May 2019, Betty will have served Shelton for 40 years and worked with every one of Shelton’s executive directors. Shelton today is the largest independent school worldwide for intelligent students who happen to have a learning difference.
Known affectionately as “Mama G” in the Shelton community, Betty was active in every aspect of Shelton life from 1979 to 2019. She planted pumpkins in the glorious garden space at Shelton’s Swift Campus. She tap-danced and participated in a rendition of The Telephone Song, a la Bye Bye Birdie, in Shelton’s staff musical, The Shelton Show. She held sleep-overs on campus in the days when such things were allowed – these were sought-after events. Betty has always been about creating fun.
From 1990 until May 2008, Betty served as Head of Shelton’s Lower School. After that time, being of a non-retiring nature, and following in the footsteps of the non-retiring Executive Director Emerita Joyce Pickering, Betty took on a new role as Alumni / Parent Relations Coordinator, a position she held until full retirement in 2019. Today Betty is still creating fun, rotating from Texas to Florida to be with family and friends. She greets former students and their parents, as well as parents new to Shelton. She shares with them much of the school’s history.
The Betty Glasheen Endowed Lower School / Upper Elementary Faculty Fund will make it possible for Lower School and Upper Elementary faculty to experience unique professional development opportunities. If their Shelton lives are filled with only a fraction of Betty’s zest, then it will have been a full life. As Betty often says to others, “If you’re lucky enough to go to Shelton, you’re lucky enough.”
For more information, please contact the Shelton Development Office at 972-774-1772, Ext. 2230, or email Julie Griffith, Development Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.