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Mr. Allred has been teaching at Payson High School for 27 years. After retirement Mr. Allred will continue to teach at BYU and will also continue acting. Mr. Allred is currently acting in a production at Sundance called “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” What he is going to miss most is harassing students. The advice that Mr. Allred has for his students is to “get to know the people you go to school with,” and also that everybody should go to college “if you can do high school you can do college.”
Connie and Diana have been working together in the main office at Payson High School since “forever”. Mr. Ford says, “Connie has been here before I was born, and Dianna was here when I was being potty trained.” They both attended the school as students and never left. Connie and Diana were cheerleaders and the whole town had a lot of school spirit. They want students to remember that “the sky's the limit” and to “achieve their potential.” They also want them to remember to “make the most of life and enjoy it!”Connie and Diana are true lions, and will be missed at Payson High.
Mrs. Benson has been at Payson High School from the moment it opened, she was a sophomore when the school was first built. She raised a family for the first part of her marriage, and then she started working as a substitute at the school. After working as a substitute for a while she moved on and taught home economics, after which she taught at-risk kids which she absolutely loved. An opportunity opened for Mrs. Benson when a counselor quit, so Mrs. Benson went back to school at the University of Phoenix and acquired her master's degree and became a counselor. Mrs.
Mr. Alexander has been working at PHS for 33 years. Mr. Alexander started teaching when only 800 students were enrolled. He says overall, students have started to work harder in class and on projects. Mr. Alexander will miss the spontaneity of his job. He will also miss the faculty and the friends he’s made while working here. Mr. Alexander is excited to spend retirement reading good books, working in his garden, and spending time with his wife. He wants all of his students to remember to “always do your best, never settle for anything less.”