It was 1964 and Job's Daughters of Bethel 155 Masonic Lodge in Coachella Valley, California selected its Honored Queen—Prudence Lockhart. Fast forward to 2018, Prudence was once again honored by a Masonic Lodge—Lynden-Ferndale International No. 56—with its Teacher of the Year Award for her 50 plus years of service in the field of education.
Prudence reflects on the impact that Job's Daughters (Jobbies) had on her life, especially growing up in the California Desert. "Becoming a member of Job’s Daughters was an amazing gift in my life. Not only did 'Jobbies’ provide me with friends in a home away from home, it taught me how to work together with others, to achieve my goals, to earn money and spend it wisely, how to speak to an audience, the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure and how important community service is to everyone. During my nearly 50 years of teaching, I have had the opportunity (many times over ) to use these skills. I am so very blessed to have gained this solid foundation as an Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters during my teen years. Remembering back, I often think of one Job’s Daughter’s Motto, 'Virtue is a quality which highly adorns woman.' As teachers, we have the special gift of opportunity. We can help instill this quality in our students as role models."
At a ceremony held in May, Prudence received the Teacher of the Year Award from Lynden-Ferndale Mason Dick Decima. It included a name on a plaque and $500.
Prudence has been an educator for the past 50 years. Most recently she taught transitions, life skills, vocational prep, social skills, English and study lab at Ferndale High School. She retired at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
From all of us at Ferndale Schools, "Congratulations and thank you, Prudence!"
For more information:
Superintendent Linda Quinn, 360.383.9207
Director of Communications Tammy Bengen, 360.383.9207, firstname.lastname@example.org