You probably think you already know Betty Weller but you may not be aware of the many hats she’s worn. Most of her life has been spent in Fredericktown: attending school, working and living in the area. Betty loves the “small town” community and the relative safety of it. She started working at the Hotel/Restaurant when she was 14, and also worked at Doc’s. After working with a financial institution for 20 years in 10 different offices throughout Ohio, Betty decided to go to Ohio State to get her degree in education. She taught business and computer courses for one year at Cardington-Lincoln and then spent 29 years teaching at Fredericktown. She even had an article published in a business teacher brochure before retiring in 2005.
Betty has answered to several names during her teaching career. She began as Mrs. Weller then moved onto Belly, due to a misspelling of Betty in a Clearfork football program. The name that has affectionally stuck the longest is Old Weller. She evens refers to herself using that name. She was voted “favorite” teacher by many of her students.
While teaching, Betty was advisor to every class 9 – 12. She also served as advisor for yearbook, National Honor Society, Junior Selling and Magazine drive, cheerleading and prom committee. While advisor for the Class of 1980, she was instrumental in starting the sale of food for games other than varsity football and basketball. This included volleyball and JV games, which the Boosters eventually took over. As NHS advisor, she and the members worked to earn money and helped several families that were ravaged by fire in their homes. Betty and NHS students spent many Saturdays playing cards/games with senior citizens at the Living Center. They also collected a lot of money and truckloads of food for Interchurch and the Salvation Army.
Not only did her students think a lot of Old Weller, but so did her colleagues. Betty was awarded the FEA Teacher of the Year, NHS Most Influential Teacher and Knox County Business Advisory Council Inspirational Educator Award twice.
She is a lifetime Ohio State Alumni member and 20-year Buckeye Club member. Betty loves the Buckeyes! How appropriate is this year’s theme, Go Nuts!
Weller served on the initial committee that oversaw the guidelines and instituted the FEA Scholarship. The NHS Scholarship was started under her advisory, also. She chaired the committee that raised $6,000 for the Roy McKinley Scholarship and currently is a member of the FHS Alumni Scholarship Committee. She has also served on the Hall of Honor Committee since its inception.
Along with her teaching career, she was Middlebury Fiscal Officer for 27 years. If teaching and being a fiscal officer hadn’t taken place at the same time, but rather one after the other, Betty would have worked 128 years. After retirement, Weller was on the Knox County Republican Central Committee for 3 years and the School Board for 8 years, where Betty initiated the Student Incentive Program.
She married the love of her life, in 1956. Betty and Carmon first met when she was in the 7th grade and he was in the 9th. They were married 58 years before his passing. They have 3 children: Tracie, Jeff and Judd (deceased), 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Be sure to give our 2017 Parade Marshal an O-H when you see her in the parade, as she’ll carry that Buckeye Spirit to Ohio Stadium later in the day as she cheers the Buckeyes on to a victory over Oklahoma!