Gaye Coburn grew up in Salina Kansas where she attended Salina South high school from 1974 to 1978. Unlike North, Salina South had little traditions then since the school was built in 1970. “The school was built in these pods, so these big circular areas and the classrooms were around the outside with just partitions between them so you could take out the partitions and it would be like one big circle.” Coburn said. One thing Coburn had to learn fast was to pay attention to your own teacher and not the ones just feet away. “It was the 70’s, they were trying things.”
Coburn then went graduated from Fort Hays State with a Masters in Journalism. After finishing her bachelors, she decided she should try getting a teaching certificate. “I went to do my student teaching, I came back to school and I told my advisor after my student teaching ‘I loved that’ and he said ‘I knew you would’.” Coburn said. After student teaching Gaye became Mrs. Coburn walked into North High and started her teaching career in 1982 at just 22 years old.
For the future redskins, those being students and teachers Mrs. Coburn also left some advice. “Everybody has a story. The really challenging, exciting, and inspirational path is to work really hard to find those stories and tell them. That’s what young journalist should be about, helping people tell their story.”