15 August, 2014 (All day)
After 45 years of teaching, much-loved instructor Cherril Grose decided it was time to put down the chalk for the second time.
Grose began her teaching career in 1969. Upon graduation from Brigham Young University, Grose accepted a position at Weber High School in Pleasant View, Utah. She loved touching the lives of students and taught there as long as she could. After five years at Weber High, Grose made the wise choice to focus her attention on her own children and be a stay-at-home mom.
Every mom who has made this tough choice knows that Grose never really stopped teaching, she just taught at home instead of in a school setting. She was clearly just as amazing teaching in her home as she was at school. Her son Landon obtained his Masters degree in business administration and son Kendall is a physician at Jordan Valley Medical Center.
In 1991, when her two sons reached high school age, Grose returned to her profession, but this time she came back home to her alma mater, Morgan High School.
Having grown up in Morgan on a family farm that had been handed down through the generations, Grose was thrilled to return. She thoroughly enjoyed her own years at Morgan High, where she was the FHA president, performed in concert, pep and marching bands, and was a member of the drill team.
During her years teaching at Morgan High, Grose had the chance to teach a lot of different classes: foods; food science; clothing; fashion strategies; financial literacy; child development; early childhood education; fabric arts; and interior design.
During this time she also taught concurrent enrollment classes for Weber State University and Utah Valley State College (now University). These courses included Interior Design 2 and Advanced Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising.
Grose also had the opportunity to return to her glory days and be the advisor for the drill team and cheerleaders.
Grose felt that student success stories at Morgan High School came daily, but she still never felt like there was enough time in the day to do everything she wanted to do with her classes. “My hours were frequently 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and I would leave feeling like I hadn’t done everything that I wanted to do,” lamented Grose. But she loved her interactions with each individual student.
“Teaching foods was always good for a laugh. There were boys who came up and asked for a match to light the electric range presuming that if there was no flame the stove wasn’t working,” teased Grose. She said there were also students who tried to broil in the bottom drawer of the oven (which happened to be the pan drawer), as well as a girl who thought the heat in the oven came from the light bulb because that is where it came from in her childhood toy “Easy Bake Oven.”
But her favorite story to share is that of the athletes who came to clothing class on game day in a shirt and tie and would manage to stitch their tie into their project. “There are actually too many stories to mention, that is why I found teaching to be so much fun,” smiled Grose.
Her time at Morgan High may be finished, but the skills she passed on to her students will touch the lives of generations to come. Grose will surely continue teaching her grandchildren and all of those around her.