Betty Bird

Betty Bird
Portrait of Betty Bird, alumna from the class of 1963, graduating with a BS in Secondary Education from the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. I am a former history teacher and a huge Longhorn baseball fan. I graduated from the College of Education in 1963 and taught for more than 30 years. When I retired, I really missed the student interaction. Going to UT baseball games started as a great way to stay busy and be around kids. Now, I never miss a game—home or away—and the players call me Aunt Betty. While serving on the scholarship committee at Crocket High School in Austin several years ago, I realized how few scholarships were available for students entering the teaching profession. I knew this was an area where I could make a difference. Through a bequest in my will, I have made plans to create scholarships for future teachers. By utilizing my estate, I was able to make a bigger gift than I ever thought possible. Not all alumni are able to make a six-or seven-figure gift, but each of us can make a gift.

Growing up in West Columbia, Texas, Betty Bird developed a love for history. When she enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin, she knew she wanted to be an educator. She combined her passions for a more than 30-year career as a high school U.S. History teacher.

After graduating from the College of Education in 1963, Bird started her career in Victoria, Texas. After five years, she returned to Austin and she taught U.S. History at McCallum, where she had done her student teaching. From there, Bird went to Austin’s Crockett High School, where she taught the subject for 27 years. “It was exciting to see my students learn, to know that many of them developed a love for history, too,” she says.

Bird’s love for education and her experience in the College of Education has inspired her to make a gift to the College through her estate to establish The Betty S. Bird Endowed Scholarship in Education. She chose scholarship support because, “when I was on the faculty at Crockett, I was on the scholarship committee for more than 20 years. You see the need that students have when you’re in a situation like that.”

Bird wants to benefit generations of future graduates. “I hope new teachers enjoy teaching as much as I did. I hope I made an impact on my students and that future College of Education graduates have an impact on theirs,” she says.