1998 Regular Session

To: Rules

By: Senator(s) Hawks

Senate Concurrent Resolution 660

(As Adopted by Senate)


WHEREAS, during her more than 27 years of school teaching, educator Rosa Millon shaped generations of DeSoto County residents, and even though she retired in 1973, if she had her way she would still be in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, like an oak rooted firmly in the north Mississippi soil, this 90-year-old educator stands tall and straight, age hasn't shaken her warm, rich voice, and her eyes are still bright, sharpened by years of watching for school room transgressions; and

WHEREAS, she credits her father, Watkins McGhee, with sparking a lifelong love of learning and teaching; as a school girl, Millon enjoyed helping other students with their studies; and

WHEREAS, when she finished the eighth grade, she finished her high school by correspondence, passed the teacher certification test, and began her family of four children; and

WHEREAS, in 1946, Millon interviewed with the DeSoto County School Board and was given a position teaching elementary grades in a church, often finding creative ways to overcome the inadequacies of the educational resources provided by the county; and

WHEREAS, over the years Rosa taught first grade through third grade and served as a principal for middle school students, and in 1958 she earned her bachelor's degree at age 50 at Rust College; and

WHEREAS, even though she finally stopped substitute teaching ten years ago, Millon continues to share her gift of teaching as she watches over the studies of her great-grandchildren, and feels that she could still contribute to teaching even the hard to handle children of today's schools, and has stated, "When you're teaching, you're helping somebody...you're molding a life"; and

WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize this long-time educator who has dedicated her life to public education and brought honor to her schools, her county and her state:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING THEREIN, That we do hereby commend and congratulate DeSoto County educator Rosa Millon, whose love for learning and teaching remains unshaken by her 90 years, and thank her for her dedication to public education.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Rosa Millon and her family, and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.