Ramona McCallister has always been passionate about working with young people, especially for those who are struggling with challenges—whether that be physical challenges, family dynamics, or substance abuse. Although retired from the public school system, she is always looking for ways to give back to our youth.
History has also been a strong interest of Ramona’s for many years, especially local history. She has always loved to hear the stories of folks who have lived in the community she loves, as well as the stories of military veterans and those who have forged the hardships and adventures that have made up our country.
When Ramona retired, she joined the Crook County Historical Society Board, and continues to gather local historical stories from our community members in Crook County. In early 2000, she became involved in the Library of Congress History Project with the CTE class that she was teaching. It proved to be such a valuable history lesson that she continued with the project over the years, sometimes on her own, and sometimes with students interning and learning how to do interviews.
To date, Ramona has 10 interviews in the Library of Congress of veterans of Vietnam, World War II, and Korean War. She also has done several video interviews for community history as well as veterans’ history for Bowman Museum as a volunteer.
Ramona believes that her former experience as a teacher, media instructor, law enforcement instructor, and a writer/reporter, are experiences she can contribute in some way towards helping our youth in making good choices through this organization, CLEAR Alliance.