Editor’s note: This is the first in a five-part series of articles honoring retired educators for Teacher Appreciation Week.
During her senior year at Eugene High School, Maribeth Lupardus pondered two potential career paths — pursuit of a degree in music education or becoming a business teacher.
Choosing the latter, she went on to teach high school business classes, introducing scores of young students to the new and developing age of desktop computing.
“After I graduated from high school in 1978, I enrolled at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas,” she recalled. “I decided to earn my business education degree since I planned on teaching, but also realized that I would have something to fall back upon in case I didn’t like being in education.”
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business education in 1982, she moved back to the Jefferson City area and worked briefly for an attorney’s office. Although she found enjoyment in this…