Judy Samuelson Brandman

Profile Updated: April 30, 2019
I Reside: Houston, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Chuck
My Children: Andrew, born 1980
Sharon, born 1983
2 granddaughters (from Andrew and his ex-wife, Shelly):
Kaitlyn, More…born 2003
Erika, born 2005
3 grandsons (from Sharon and her husband, Alan):
Connor, born 2010
Benjamin and Alexander, born 2012 (identical twins)
Occupation(s): Special Education Teacher--retired
Why I want to come to this reunion:

I had planned on attending, but surgery made it impossible for me to do so. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time! I am very sorry that I missed it!

Where I was born:

Baltimore, MD

An Opening Statement:

My husband spent 4 years in the Air Force at which time we lived in Missouri. After his time in the service, he returned to a job with Dow Chemical, so we moved to Ohio. 19 years ago the job took us to Texas. We have lived in the same place since then, and I have taught at the same school since the move to Texas. My first year I taught 6th grade Resource reading and math. The next year they opened a Lifeskills (students with severe disabilities) class at my school, and I taught Lifeskills for the next 17 years. Last year I was an In Class Support teacher for 6th grade reading, language arts, and World Cultures and 7th grade Texas History. I will be an In Class Support teacher again next year, but I will not know for which grades or subjects until I return to school in August.
Over the years, I have owned 3 horses and rode hunter/jumper in competition for several years. I have no horses at the present time so my hobbies are reading, my granddaughters, and my grandson.
Cell phone: 281-723-6807
E-mail: jlb0518@juno.com

Elementary School:

Woodlyn Elementary--Silver Spring, MD

Jr. High School:

Montgomery Hills for 7th grade then Thomas W. Pyle

Marital Status:

married

My Email address:

jlb0518@juno.com

My Parents:

Claire and Irvin Samuelson

University/Degree:

Case Western Reserve University--BS in Elementary Education
University of Pittsburgh--MEd in Special Education

Three words to describe myself in 1969?

Tall
Shy (much of the time)
Timid (sometimes-like "Danny Meadow Mouse"-an
inside joke)

A Walt Whitman Story:

Does anyone remember "E.F.F.E." ("Experiment in Free-Form Education") from our senior year? I always knew I wanted to work with special needs children, but the experience I had working at a school during that week helped me narrow my choices down to public education. What a great opportunity we had to "try out" what we thought we might want to study in college!
Does anyone remember "It's Academic"? or going to state in basketball?

What was my BEST moment at Whitman:

There were lots of really good times at Whitman, but it was a lot of fun going to the basketball state championship game at U of MD and watching "It's Academic" from the studio audience.

Family members who attended Whitman:

My sister, Suzi, and my brother, Bruce.

My Interests:

I have always loved horses. For about 8 years I competed in Hunter/Jumper classes.
Nicholas Sparks books.

My Weakness:

Glazed donuts

My Favorite Music:

All kinds

My Favorite Food:

Crab, lobster, steak, pizza, glazed donuts, chocolate ice cream

My Favorite "My Time":

Reading a book. When I was riding, it was time alone with my horses.

My Favorite Book(s):

All of Nicholas Sparks' books

My Favorite Movie(s):

Witness
Titanic
The Notebook
Hunger Games series
Divergent series

My Favorite Sports Teams:

Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Denver Broncos

My Favorite Smell:

Freshly brewed coffee

My Bucket List:

Retire so that I can spend more time with family. Go to Australia and back to Thailand, Scandinavia, and Alaska.

Well, I have started my 3rd year of retirement. After retiring at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, I have spent time reading, volunteering at the school where I taught for 21 years, and adopting a rescue dog. It has also been nice to be able to see my daughter in Colorado and not have to wait for school vacations to do so!!! Haven't made it to Australia yet or back to Thailand, Scandinavia, or Alaska, but I have done some US travel and 2 trips to Europe.

Famous or interesting people you've met?

John Elway
Meadowlark Lemon

How do I relax?

Read, watch TV, play "Words With Friends" and "Trivia Crack", catch up with people on Facebook.

My Pets:

"Alex"--a Cockapoo that is mostly "poo"--Unfortunately, he passed away, but he lived to be 17 1/2.

"Baxter"--who we think is 3. He is a stray "rescue". I am always curious about my pets, so I did a DNA test and found out that one of his parents was a Brussels Griffon/Chihuahua and the other parent was a Shih Tzu/and another mixed breed.

I am a Veteran:

No

I was a Hippie:

Yes

Favorite Quotation/s:

"Failure is not an option!"
"He who angers you owns you."

Last book read/Book now reading:

"The Hunger Games" Trilogy:
"The Hunger Games", "Catching Fire", "Mockingjay"
and
"Safe Haven"
"Divergent" series

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Hi, Miriam! Hope to see you at the reunion!

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I'm so excited about the 50th reunion! At the present time, I have 5 grandchildren ranging from 1st grade to a sophomore in high school. The time goes by so quickly that they'll be having their own high school reunions before long....

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Taken on a Carnival Cruise during Thanksgiving week in 2017.

Feb 12, 2019 at 12:03 AM

Hi, Rudy! How are you? Are you going to the 50th reunion? I was supposed to go to the 40th...even bought my ticket...but had to have surgery instead. So I really want to go to this one and would love to see you there! Please say "hi" to your family....

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Posted: Mar 04, 2016 at 1:42 PM
"Baxter"--our Rescue dog.
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The Brandman "crew".
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Andrew and wife, Jennifer (married in 2013).
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Mom with her boys on Connor's first day of Kindergarten 2015.
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My "boys" on Connor's first day of Kindergarten (2015).
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Erika and Katy-summer 2015
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My 5 grandchildren with the boys' dad, Alan--summer (2015)
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Me in Thailand this summer (2008).
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Chuck and me taking a ride in Thailand....Not exactly the horses I'm used to....
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My son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters in Alaska this summer (2008).