Carolyn (Clausen) Harrell

West Sayville, Long Island, New York




Carolyn and her husband, Jerry, met at Gettysburg College. During their first 3 years of marriage, they were stationed in France (two of their children were born there). Since then, they have lived for 42 years in West Sayville, Jerry’s home base. They have spent the past 6 winters in Vero Beach, Florida. They have three children and two grandchildren.


Carolyn has an MA from Adelphi University plus additional courses from several schools for an MA +75. Jerry has a BA from Gettysburg with many additional courses taken at several colleges on Long Island. She taught Elementary School for 24 years, and he taught High School math for 33 years.


Carolyn enjoys, “Writing personal books on memoirs and trips we’ve taken: playing bridge with a group of fun-bridge players (no masters points for us); trying to learn more about this darn computer year by year; and my club work. I enjoy 2 weekly discussion groups at my church, and I am Program Chairperson of my Women’s Club which keeps me busy.”


Carolyn rates the education we received at EHS …”Excellent!!!” Maybe more is offered to students today such as computers, labs in science, research through the internet, etc., however, we had discipline and respect instilled in us.”


Carolyn’s answer to thinking about “the good old days” is … “Yes, I think a lot about the good old days. I enjoy writing about them in my memoirs-writing group in Florida. I continue writing about those days and times when I’m back home on L.I. I’ve written many memoir chapters about life in Hanover.”


She is proud of: “My creativity in the field of teaching, and hoping that learning was fun and challenging for my students. I hope I made a difference in some of my students’ lives.”


Carolyn’s message to her classmates is … “I hope we will see one another at the reunion, AND … that we will have plenty of time to spend with one another, talking and reminiscing throughout the whole weekend. I think of the people I grew up with in Hanover with many fond memories.”