By Michele Dotson
Whoever said “Nothing good can last forever,” certainly had never attended Bain Elementary School.
Five current members of the Bain Elementary staff are former students. What has drawn them back to Bain to work as adults is basically the same feelings they got when they were kids.
“The closeness that we have is like an extended family,” says Administrative and Financial Secretary Dorothy Flaherty who attended Bain from Kindergarten through sixth grade.
Third grade teacher Jessica Corrigan is proud to be at Bain to continue the traditions.
“The heart of Bain is what makes it so special. There is a feeling of love and warmth amongst the staff, parents, and students. We have strong historical ties to the community and Bain is rooted in a long tradition of providing the best for its students. “
Academic Facilitator Kelli Drye’s mother taught at Bain when she was a student there and she remembers spending time after school with her in her classroom “teaching school.”
Although Bain has been known since its inception in 1889 as a quality educational institution, holding high expectation of its students and parents, there’s always room for some fun, too.
“I have so many fond memories of Bain that it is hard to choose just one,” says Corrigan. “One that stands out, however, is when we had the annual “Bain School Family Circus” when I was in first grade. I had to dress up like a clown and pull a wooden dog on wheels behind me around and around the school gym. The dog made noise whenever it moved and I had to continue turning around to tell it to hush. That was my “funny clown act.” Parents were invited to attend and I can still remember the words to the theme song!”
So, one by one they have found their way back to the place that has meant so much to them.
Flaherty returned by way of PTA involvement. She and daughter Alexis actually had the same third grade teacher, Mrs. Massey.
Drye came to Bain right out of college. “It was one of the interviews that I had right out of college. I interviewed with Dr. Bridges and began teaching 6th grade,” she says.
Corrigan had always planned to be a teacher and when she heard there was an opening at the school and says she jumped at the chance to interview there.
However they got there, they don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.
Rest assured, these Bain alumni will continue the legacy for the next generation.
And Bain will go on.
Former Bain students Dorothy Flaherty, Kelli Drye, Tracy Mullis, Susan Moore and Jessica Corrigan have returned to their elementary alma mater as employees. Flaherty is the school’s administrative and financial secretary, Drye is the Instructional Facilitator, Mullis and Moore are both teaching assistants, and Corrigan teaches third grade. PHOTO BY MICHELE DOTSON