Lifelong Learners Grow
Mature adults who participate in lifelong learning opportunities continue to experience:
- Curiosity and open minds
- Understanding and wisdom
- New friends and valuable relationships
- Creativity, flexibility and adaptability to change
- Active involvement and meaningful engagement in the community
In memory of her late husband Harold Stauffer, Connie Stauffer contributed the lead gift for the Forward in Faith Endowment for Life Long Learning. “Harold and I believed that learning goes beyond schooling,” says Connie. “We shared a curiosity for learning which we then developed. Harold and I were both avid readers and in our marriage, we looked for opportunities to expand our minds and experiences.”
Harold spent his career in business consulting and in service with Eastern Mennonite Missions as overseas secretary. As young adults, Connie and Harold served in northern Pennsylvania with migrant workers, in New York City and then in Somalia for four years.
Connie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Millersville University and taught for thirty years in the classroom as a reading specialist in the Pequea Valley School District. As a teacher, Connie inspired her students to a love of learning that went beyond facts and figures.
As Landis Homes Board member, Harold was instrumental in bringing Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning to Landis Homes, thus providing formal and informal educational experiences to those 55 years or older. Connie continues to provide inspiration and leadership by serving on the Landis Communities Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Pathways Institute.
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