Department of Foreign Languages

1965-1969 Profiles

Joy Wood Bush ('65)

After receiving her B.A. degree from TTU, Mrs. Bush earned an M.S. degree in Guidance and Counseling and an M.A. degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) and Intercultural Studies. She was a 6th grade teacher in the Prince George County School System in Petersburg, Virginia, and then a secondary teacher of English and Social Studies in the Los Alamos School System, Los Alamos, New Mexico. She made additional use of her TESOL degree by teaching English as a Foreign Language on the University level in the English Language Institute of China in Langfang and Harbin, China. Joy is now retired and heavily involved in volunteer work and continues to use her TESOL training in the local library's literacy program in Grand Junction, Colorado. (updated Sept. 2016)

Sarah Mae Lowe Scoggin ('66)

At last report, Mrs. Scoggin was a Marketing Consultant for Barnstable Broadcasting, Memphis, TN.

Carleen Alexander ('69)

In addition to her B.A. in French, Ms. Alexander has an M.A. in English (1971) from TTU. She also received her Master's in Library Science degree from Peabody at Vanderbilt University. She has taught French and English, and also served as a librarian, in the Hamilton County, Tenn., Dept. of Education. She is now retired.

Michael J. Stanton ('67)

From 1967 to 1970 Mr. Stanton taught social studies at West Middle School in Tullahoma, Tenn. For 26 years (1969-1995) he was guidance counselor, as well as track and basketball coach, for Tullahoma High School. He is currently serving in his third term as an alderman for the City of Tullahoma, a post he first held in 2008. He and his wife reside in Tullahoma. (updated Sept. 2016)

Dr. Martha Elizabeth Massey Gibson ('68)

After completing her undergraduate degree in French at TTU, Martha Elizabeth Massey married and moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where she received an M.A. in French at Florida State University in 1970. She taught two years of French at Florida State.

She and her family moved to Nashville in 1973 and she was a full-time mother until the family moved again to Oxford, Miss., in 1978. There she taught all levels of French at Oxford H.S. in Oxford, Miss., while working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Personnel (with a teaching area in French) at the University of Mississippi (1981).

Dr. Gibson and her family returned to Nashville in 1981. From 1981-1991 she alternated between home schooling her two children and teaching French at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, from which she is now retired. Her husband, Robert Gary Gibson, is a 1965 graduate of Tennessee Tech in Secondary Education-Mathematics.They have two children and six grandchildren.

Jimmye Irwin Cox ('69)

Carole Jean Ivey ('69)

Ms. Ivey holds an M.A. degree in English (TTU, 1979) as well as a B.A. in French. She teaches English at Cookeville High School.