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THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR DR.JEANIE RANDLE

THE SKY IS THE LIMIT FOR DR.JEANIE RANDLE

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

There is a local Abilenewoman that deserves a popularity award for having reached a peak in her careerladder. She deserves recognition for her many lifetime roles and the passionshe has working with children as well as older people. Dr.Jeanie Randle is in her mid-fifties and is living her late Mother Gertrude’sdream of becoming a teacher.. “I am not sure if I chose the teaching field orif it chose me,” said Dr. Randle. “At the time I got into teaching, I was alicensed Insurance Agent in Big Spring, Texas.” She shares that one day she was approached byDr. Morgan who was a principal at the local Big Spring Headstart School, andwho she also knew in the community. Hetold her about a teaching position that was open for the school and asked herto apply, if she was interested. It wasthe beginning of her teaching career when she applied and accepted theposition. {{more}} She has a PhD from the Universityof Phoenix in Arizona, a BA in History and MA in Education from UTPB and anAssociate Degree in English from Midland College. She has been employed withthe Abilene ISD as a PPCD Special Education Teacher at Woodson Headstart School,and has been in Education for the past twenty-nine years. She is divorced and aproud mother of two children, Nicole, 36, and Dennis, 31 and she has threegrandchildren; Derrick, 17, Alex, 10, and Diego, 8. Dr. Randall is also a proud sister of fivebrothers; Jimmy, Jesse, Kenneth, JT Smith, and John Thomas Smith who is aformer NFL player. John Thomas Smith is currently workingwith the Arizona Cardinals and was No. #84 Wide Receiver for the team in the70’s. The information on one of his cards gives his stats: he was 6-2 weighed185 and was 33 years J.T. Smith, former Wide Receiver for the Phoenix Cardinals, now known as the Arizona Cardinals. Photo courtesy of Jeanie Randleold catching more passes during the years he was playing than any other NFL player. Heranked third, for his all-time in NFL career pass return yardage. Smith hasalso played Wide Receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the IowaBarnstormers. According to Dr. Randall, she and her former husband used toregularly attend her brothers games. Playing sports and teaching runs inher family since Dr. Randle’s grandson, Derrick, recently graduated from CooperHigh School and was recruited by Texas State University in San Marcos, Texaswith a Track Scholarship. Her daughter, Nicole, is a Special Education Teacherat Cooper High School. The lovefor education started with her mother Gertrude’s dream to be a teacher, butbecause of life circumstances and her family having to live through thedepression era and segregation, she found it impossible for her to achieve thatgoal. The immediate crisis during the depression era hit hard, and all the familyhad to work hard picking cotton in the fields of West Texasin order to put food on the table. It included Dr. Randle who was young at thetime. Somewhere during all that hardwork and determination, there was a strong mother and daughter relationshipthat made it possible for other dreams to come true. The passion she possessesfor people and working with children was instilled in her through her mother,who she was very close to, and is healing and missing her after her passingaway in 2009. Dr. Randall uses some of the good qualities that were instilledin her from her mother when she teaches her students. “Theformative years are the time you set the foundation for children. I feel thatyou have to have God’s strength, knowledge, and courage which I have eachmorning so that I could be a blessing in the little children’s lives. Love and patience are the two most importantthings to give children. They are ablessing to me because they keep me grounded and very focused. How you treatthe young and the old is a reminder to me to be gentle and loving. At the sametime you must be firm,” said Dr. Randle.After the job in Big Spring,Dr. Randall’s next job was Headstart Teacher for the Midland ISD where shetaught for twelve years. While Dr. Randlewas employed for Midland ISD, one of her dreams came true one day unexpectedly.Her strong love for children and involvement in education allowed her to have achance meeting with Former First Lady Laura Bush as Dr. Randle walked into theMexican restaurant where she was eating. According to Dr. Randle, she was a bigfan of Mrs. Bush, especially because of her contribution and involvement to education.She did not expect to see her that day since her school had received a letterturning down an invitation to visit the Education Centerbecause of other plans. It was her opportunity, and she took it by walking upand introducing herself to First Lady Bush. A photo of both women made it tothe front page of the Midland paper on June 28th2002, with the headline that read, Loveof learning leads to chance meeting, written by MRT Correspondent Stephanie Sparkman. Other dreams came true and were fulfilledduring her lifetime. Dr. Randle’s popularity is not limited with her family.She has had the opportunity to be a model and an actress before becoming ateacher. She was a model while living inBig Spring when a man from Utah started taking photos of her, and she also hadthe opportunity to play the actress starring as a scientist dressed in a whitelab coat in the popular true movie, TheRoswell Incidents. The movie was filmed in an old Air Force Base in Big Spring. According toDr. Randall, she was excited because one of her favorite actors, who shewatched regularly that played Brad in the popular soap opera, The Young and the Restless, alsostarred in the movie. Dr. Randle shared that actor Gary Collins also starred inthe movie. Dr. Randlehas come a long way from her past of cotton picking, and she shares that somepeople cannot believe that she had been part of that era. Appreciation for hardearned wages and having been raised with good morals and respect will take herfurther into her future plans. One of her desires is to someday become aDr. Jeanie Randle with her late mother, Gertrude. Photo courtesy of Jeanie Randle schoolprincipal. Dr. Randle has even bigger dreams that include her interest in the areaof current political issues, which she enjoys staying informed about, and sheclaims that if the opportunity for an open door would arise, she would love tobe an advisor to United States President Barack Obama. “There arelots of things that I feel very blessed with and that God has let meaccomplish. I do have aspirations of some day being a principal, simply becauseI think that it would be my next step,” Dr. Randle said. When having good role models in life, whetherthey are parents or teachers, it is always important to remember that most ofthem are molded from early on through their upbringing. For individuals outthere who feel like giving up in life with their dreams and need uplifting,Randall passes on some of that bit of inspiration to lift them up spiritually. “Bepositive. Put away the negative thinking. Sometimes you get what youthink. You have to believe in yourdreams,” she said.