Few people get to have as much satisfaction out of their life's chosen work as Carol (Solheim) Ravnaas received.
From the age of five, when she
wanted to be either a movie star or a teacher, she
knew what she
wanted to do.
mother Myrtle discouraging her
from the movie star idea, Carol
lifelong involvement with teaching small children how to become good citizens, as well as good students.
An only child of Myrtle and Carl Solheim, Carol
grew up in Maddock, graduating from high school (Benson County Agricultural Training School, AKA the Bobcats) there.
After high school, Carol attended Concordia College, then went to Minot State Teachers College (now University), as she was told it was a good place to obtain her "standard" certificate for teaching.
After receiving her two-year teaching certificate, she taught first grade in Great Falls, Mont. and second grade in Minot at the Bel Air School.
She continued with summer school at MSU and received her degree in elementary education from May-ville State Teachers College.
married Lui in 1961 and they taught three years together in the Westhope School
in science and she
in first and second grades.
The couple had met in the Lutheran Student Association
at MSU when they were both students.
husband continued his
education, earning a master's degree in chemistry and administration from NDSU
and UND, after they were married.
In 1965 they moved to Turtle Lake
has taught for 36 years, receiving her
recognition plaque from the school this year, after deciding to retire.
has taught a total of 41 years.
enjoys visiting with people.
"I like to find out what other people think and what they are doing," linking their friends with people she
knows through these personal explorations.