Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published October 29, 2009

Our Lady of Victory School, Tyrone, welcomed Claudia Munoz as a new faculty member this school year.

An experienced educator, Munoz is the new Spanish teacher at the primary school.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Munoz graduated from the Universidad Externado de Colombia with a bachelor’s degree in education. She is certified in the state of Georgia to teach Spanish (P-12).

Munoz has taught at several schools. She even worked at a Catholic-American school in her home city of Bogota, which is run by Benedictine monks. She has experience with traditional and non-traditional teaching models, such as therapeutic-academic teaching for children with learning disabilities.

The 1969 class of St. Joseph’s Infirmary of Atlanta held its 40-year reunion in Jasper.

Two dozen students from the class—which graduated when the Vietnam War was raging, gas cost 35 cents a gallon and it cost six cents to mail a letter (remember letters?)—gathered for a recent three-day weekend of reconnecting.

Deanna Simmons, a registered nurse in a pediatrician’s office and member of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Lilburn, was an organizer of the event.

The former school was in downtown Atlanta, near the intersection of Baker and Courtland Streets. Graduation was held at Sacred Heart Church. It closed in the early 1970s.

The reunion drew classmates from as far as California, Texas, Colorado, Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee to see classmates.

In June 1969, 31 students graduated. Since then, two classmates have died, Mandy Donahue McGregor and Margi Broder Scruggs.

The get together was held in Jasper at two homes that were rented.

“There were lots of tears, laughter and reconnecting. It was like we had never been apart,” Simmons wrote in an e-mail.

The weekend ended with a dinner at the Woodbridge Inn Saturday night. Simmons said she and her classmates are “as close as sisters.”

Listeners of public radio Friday morning, Oct. 23, heard a conversation between a student at Our Lady of the Assumption School, Atlanta, and the school’s beloved custodian.

Chloe Smith, 13, spoke with Willie Jefferson, a custodian at the school, and recorded the interview for the StoryCorps program. It is heard by millions of people across the country.

The radio program was played over the school’s public address system the morning it aired.

“The children were excited and thought it was wonderful. It was beautiful to see,” said principal Anita Nagel.

The conversation touched on Jefferson’s first day, his recitation of the prayer before lunch and how students enliven Jefferson’s life.

Sister Judith Diane, a member of the Sisters of Mercy community, who hired Jefferson, told Sharon Black, development director at the school: “Tell Mr. Jefferson that hiring him was one of the best things I ever did!”

The 2-minute broadcast can be found at:

And the Georgia Bulletin’s original 2007 story about the humble janitor is on the Web site at:

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