Dad's move from auto service to education
SANDUSKY REGISTER tt na THURS., APRIL 22, TUNING UP young minds instead of cars is a new pro-' fession for 40-year-old James I. May, who is teaching full time for the first time this year at Mills School. H», previously owned and operated a gas station. (Register Photo—Dick McCullough). Thinks About It 15 Years Then Gets An Education From gas station attendant to teacher in one not-so-easy step . . . That's the path taken by James I. May, 1317 E. Perkins Ave., 40-year-old father of seven who is a student at Bowling Green State University's Extension School. College is his giant step from the filing station pump to the classroom. "It's something I've been thinking about for about 15 years," he said. STILL WORKING in a gas station but also teaching full time on a termporary certificate, May related the story of his climb to professional status. After graduation from high school in 1939, May started working in a gas station — as do many boys. But this wasn't the extent of his gas station career. After serving in the Marines from 1943 to 1946, May thought briefly about going to college. However, a partnership in the gas station was offered to him, and he accepted it. In 1955, he bought the gas station outright and became sole owner. Jim May Pure Oil Service was the name of his business at 519 Tiffin Ave. It's still listed under that name. Married, May had six children by the time he finally followed his original intent and enrolled at the Sandusky Bowling Green State University Branch in September, 1961 under the Cadet Teaching Program. WHILE TAKING a full college course during the first Cub Pack 27 Holds Meeting Cub Scout Pack 27 of Calvary Episcopal Church recently held its monthly meeting. The theme was "Green Thumb." A skit entitled "The Jolly Green Thumb" was presented by dens two and three. John Beir was inducted as a new bobcat. Rickey Hoover received a one year pin and two Bear silver arrows. Craig Uhl, Mark Johnson, Delmar Rose were awarded den- ner stripes. two years, May continued*;'; working 50 to 60 hours a weefc J at his station. Elementary education is his major. Last year, from January to" March, he accomplished his' student teaching at Ontario School and in junior HigrT school. Now he teaches 6th'* grade in Mills School and has a great enthusiasm for his new. * job. "I just love it," he ex-' claimed. "I enjoy that ago' level — these kids are so in-*' teresting." May's brother-in-law Daniel S. Hemker, bought the filling, station from him, but May still: works there 12 to 15 hours' a * week. Besides teaching full^; time, he is also takuig^-a.," course at the branch. He needs a year or two u tp,- finish for his bachelor's degree. Then he plans to do graduate work. "I'm definitely going after , my masters," May vowed. That may take four more,,,, years, and then he is even,, thinking of continuing for a,.. doctor's degree in education. May's wife has been behind .his schooling efforts all the, way. "Without her'approval, I , couldn't have given it ail! the ... time I did," he emphasized. : WITH the birth of another child last year, the Mays.-. have seven children — five boys and two girls. The old- ., est, a boy, 17, is a junior, in,., seminary school. He is studying to be a priest. The rest of the children are • all two years apart in age — 15, 13, 11, 9, and 7 — except • the baby who is 9 months old. -• There aren't many students at the branch who are over ' 40, May said. May's success, so far, in at- ' taining his goals has turned' *• him into an avid proponent of going back to school. "I think I've talked quite a V few into doing the same. thing," he said. This same kind of salesmanship is carried over into his teaching. The basic objective- of teaching is to get the children interested in learning, he • contended. ' Someone must have taught May well — he certainly has ' had that interest.