For her outstanding contributions as a second grade teacher and College level Language Arts teacher, Eva is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Rick and Colleen Mitchell of Emporia, Kansas.
Eva L. Dold began teaching in a one room school in Cookson, Oklahoma. She graduated from high school early then earned a two-year teaching credential from Northeastern State Teachers College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She would later reminisce about her beginning days as a young teacher with a salary of ninety dollars a month. Her duties included lighting the fire each morning in the wood stove, and she recalled once killing a very large rattlesnake that joined the students in the schoolyard during recess.
Mrs. Dold next worked as the Assistant Superintendent for Cherokee County, Oklahoma, for two years. She received her B.S. in Education with a minor in Business from Northeaster State Teachers College and joined their faculty in 1950, teaching in their elementary laboratory school. She received her Master of Science degree from Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Oklahoma State University) in 1953.
In 1955, she joined the faculty of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia, teaching second grade at Butcher School for more than twenty years. She fulfilled the requirements for a Specialist in Education Degree in 1965, and in 1970, Mrs. Dold receive a Title III Grant to teach typing to preschoolers. Labeled a success, the project was the first in the nation according to the officials of IBM. It also provided her an opportunity to incorporate business skills that she had acquired earlier.
Mrs. Dold began teaching college level educational courses full time in 1975. She received a promotion to the rank of Professor in 1980. In 1986, she was presented the Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award from the Teachers College. Upon her retirement in 1988, she was granted emeritus status.
Mrs. Dold was a reading specialist who believed that reading was the foundation of education. She continued her own educational pursuits while teaching others. A single parent after the death of her husband, Brent, in 1959, she pursued her Specialist in Education degree while raising her three daughters – Brenda, Rebecca, and Peggy. Mrs. Dold passed away on November 10, 2002 and was buried in Emporia.
1977, The Emporia Gazette’s “Community Spotlight” featured Mrs. Dold. At the time, she aid, “I think the most rewarding thing about teaching is the many letters and cards received from former students expressing their appreciation.”