They still love their first-grade teacher

Former students of Alvessia Charlene Echols treated their first-grade teacher to a meal at Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen in Rosenberg on Monday. Echols retired in 1985 after 35 years teaching. The students remember their former teacher by her maiden name of Miss Roberts. “She was being courted at the time by the man who married her,” one student explained. Echols was born on June 28, 1925 in Wharton. She attended grammar school at Turkey Creek, and graduated from Powell Point School in Kendleton, Texas. She acquired a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degree from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, and a Library of Science certificate from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas. Mrs. Echols began her teaching career at W.M. Routt Elementary, moving on to N.A. Allen School, Needville Elementary, Orchard Elementary, and ending at Powell Point High School. After 35 years of teaching, she retired on August 31, 1985. “You’ve changed all our lives for the better one way or another,” one former student told Echols.

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