Dale Spoon, Assistant Director
I was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1944. My father was serving as a doctor with the Marines in the Pacific and my mother was a pediatric nurse. After WWII ended, my father remained in the Navy as a flight surgeon, and, consequently, growing up I called many different places “home.”
I graduated from Rollins College in 1965 with a B.S. in History and Government. My first job was teaching Social Studies at Robert E. Lee Junior High. It was while teaching at Lee that I met my husband, Larry Spoon. Larry was teaching math and coaching basketball and track.
In 1967 Larry and I moved to the Washington, D.C. area where Larry went to work at the Goddard Space Flight Center and, later, for Xerox as an engineer. During the years we lived in Maryland, we adopted our son, Brian, and daughter, Courtney.
After returning to Florida in 1976, I again attended Rollins College and received a Master’s degree in teaching. Over the next 21 years, I taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades at Wekiva Elementary and at Sabal Point Elementary. In 1993 I had the honor of being selected Sabal Point’s Teacher of the Year.
In 2001, when my granddaughter, Amanda Sievers, started attending The Neighborhood Preschool and, as I had retired from teaching, I began volunteering. I have been here ever since! My grandson, Garrett Browning, also is a Neighborhood Preschool graduate.
My walk with the Lord started at a very early age. I was blessed by being able to serve the Lord for many years as a Lay Eucharistic Minister at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Apopka. My favorite bible verse comes from Psalm 91: For He shall give His angles charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.