Commerce Public Schools


Mr. Siler to Retire
Dr Seuss Week

Vernon Siler, fifth grader teacher at Alexander Elementary, is retiring at the end of this year.  After graduating from OU in 1972, he took a job teaching 6th grade at Henryetta, Oklahoma.  Siler was there for 9 years before deciding to try to find a job closer to home and family.  During the summer of 1981 he worked at Eastern State Hospital while applying at schools in the area.  His wife said, "He kept saying, "If God wants me to teach again, he will provide a job." 


On Tuesday, before school was to start that year at Commerce, he received a call for an interview. He was interviewed, hired, enrolled students that afternoon, and began teaching class the next morning.


Alexander Elementary was semi-departmentalized and he taught science to all 5th graders.  He loved teaching the kids about insects, geology, life cycles of plants and animals, the solar system, etc.  The highlight of the year was building and shooting rockets.  He frequently meets former students who still remember his science classes vividly and the impact it made onthem.  The past 4 years, fifth grade classes have been self-contained which has somewhat changed the dynamics of the classroom. 


After 31 years at Alexander, teaching hundreds of students, many of their children, working with come colleagues who were also his students, and finally teaching his own granddaughter, Mr. Siler has reluctantly decided to retire at the end of this year. 


The public is invited to a reception in his honor Tuesday, May 15th, at 3:30 p.m. in the Alexander Elementary cafeteria.