Tad Sanders taught English and History at Fort Worth Country Day from 1966-71 and 1986-2002.
Tad and her husband, Carl, still live in the Fort Worth home they bought in 1966. They also have a farm in De Leon where they make regular trips. When newly retired, the couple bought two horses. While they no longer ride, they still own and care for their retirement horses.
Tad joined the FWCD community as an English Teacher in 1966 and also assisted with the theater. After five years, Carl, an Air Force pilot who often moved during his career, was relocated. When he retired, they returned to Fort Worth in 1984, and Tad returned to teaching at FWCD in 1986. She continued as a History Teacher also assisting, occasionally, with the theater. She retired in 2002. Tad particularly enjoyed working with the various theater productions, the school trips to Austin and San Antonio, and the choir trip to Europe.
While moving around during her husband’s Air Force career, she also taught at eight different schools: Texas Tech University; Sacramento, California, public schools; American River Junior College; University of Maryland Extension Program; Western Oklahoma State College; Tarrant County Junior College; University of Texas at Arlington; and Texas Christian University. She also taught at Lutcher Stark High School in Orange, Texas, before marriage.
Tad’s interests went beyond the classroom and into the local communities, where she held positions and affiliations with various professional teaching organizations. She was the Program Chair of the RAF Mildenhall Officers Wives Club and also of the American Association of University Women in Altus, Oklahoma, being designated in 1984 as “Woman of the Year.” She was a member of the Planning Committee for Tarrant County Junior College Shakespeare Festival. Tad’s current passion is the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, where she became a docent after retiring in 2002.
Tad says that Country Day has been like an anchor in a world of scattered homes. Literally, she feels as if the Country Day community is her hometown. Tad stated, “Teaching English and history at Country Day was the professional love of my life—I cherish the classroom experiences, theater productions and school trips.”