Hayden Batchelor, Leslie
Ninni Carter, Jaymie
Richards Johns, Sherri
LESLIE HAYDEN BATCHELOR
After graduation I went into the Army and served my country for 6 years; my specialty was Military Intelligence. I had several tours overseas in Okinawa, Japan and advanced to the rank of Sergeant. I have traveled and lived in several different states, some being from my career in the military and some where, well, former spouses leading me here and there. My military career took me to Massachusetts, Virginia, Alabama and Texas and I have also lived in North Carolina, California and Wisconsin. I have been back in Florida for over 10 years where I work for a Window and Door company doing 2 different jobs (Accounts Receivable and Purchasing). I have done several different jobs; worked for a cable company, Accountant, Forensic Engineer, Flooring Company, and Manatee County School Board. I was also a Corrections Officer for Manatee County for about a year, unfortunately that didn’t work out because I was divorced at the time and my children were young and I was on the midnight shift. I have been married to my wonderful husband Tom going on 5 years. He has been a Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic for The Town of Longboat Key going on 18 years, and he also writes for FETN (Fire Emergency Technical Network); he is an awesome writer! I have 2 children, 3 step children and 2 grandchildren. My children are the joys of my life, my daughter Christina (24) is married with 2 children; Kameron, 4, who is a little Autistic. Luckily my daughter and son-in-law Steve were able to get him diagnosed early so he has been enrolled in special classes that have been a God sent Blessing. I have seen such a change in him in the last 6 months, he is talking more now and he can count all the way up to 30 which is very exceptional for a 4 year old. My granddaughter Faith (1) is a beauty. She has auburn hair and blue eyes and her father surely is going to have his hands full when she gets older. My daughter works for Bradenton Beach City Hall as a Deputy Clerk and my son-in-law Steve works for 10-8 Fire Equipment. My son Michael (23) has been in the Army for 5 years. He is a Sergeant stationed in South Korea, and also went into the Military Intelligence area of work. I ask him what he does, and he is like Mom you know I can’t tell you. He is my Heart and Soul and I miss him very much. I am very close to my family. I have a twin sister Paula and everyone from school might remember me as "Pauline;” that’s what I was called in High School, but I prefer Leslie. I have a wonderful husband who loves to go riding on his motorcycle. He is currently on a trip with his brother riding around New Hampshire and Maine which is where his family is from. We went to Leesburg for Bike Fest this past April where on the way home I got stung by a bee, can’t say I enjoyed that ride home. My hobbies are my children and grandchildren. I also enjoy bicycling around my neighborhood and hanging out with my family. Well that’s some bits and pieces about what I have done since High School. I have never been able to attend a Class Reunion so I am really looking forward to seeing old friends and hopefully making new ones.
My name is Grant Layman and I graduated with the class of 1978, the youngest of the five Layman kids to graduate from Southeast High School (My brother Gerald - class of '64, and my three sisters, Helen - class of '66, Janice - class of '68, and Carolyn - class of '73).
Shortly after high school I moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburb of Washington DC, where two of my sisters also resided. This became home and is where I have lived for the past 28 years. I met my wonderful wife (Karin Tammaru) in 1983 and this past May we celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. We have four children. Brett is our oldest (20) and will be a junior at the University of Maryland this fall. He is double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice and hopes to work at one of the federal agencies in the DC area after he graduates. Our daughter Brittany is 18 and after high school joined a missions organization called YWAM and spent the last 3 months serving in the Philippines and Thailand. She hopes to be back home by the end of this year and is considering pursuing a nursing degree. Brielle is 14, will be entering 9th grade, and desires to one day go to culinary school. She loves to cook! Brian is our youngest at 10, and he loves all things sports! Tackle football being his favorite, but anything with a ball will do.
I am an executive pastor of a 4000 member church called Covenant Life Church (www.covlife.org) in Gaithersburg, MD. It's been 30 years (Wow!) since I've seen or talked to any of the friends and acquaintances from high school. When I received notice of this reunion, I was surprised to find that it happened to fall on the very weekend that we would be vacationing in Sarasata so I couldn't pass it up.
JAYMIE NINNI CARTER
After graduating from Southeast, I could not decide what I wanted to do for my future. I tried the medical field, the accounting field and almost became a realtor when I had to make a choice between taking the state exam or meeting the parents in California, I chose California. In 1985 I married my husband Mike Carter and moved to Parrish. Mike is in the construction biz and we have two fantastic daughters, Katie is 20 and Anne is18. For the last 23 years I have been taking care of my family and volunteering in the community. Although I did have a paying job for about 8 years managing Congressman Dan Miller's campaign. Otherwise, I have been fortunate to work for free as a professional volunteer. I've had some great opportunities to travel over the years, India, Europe, Africa and Egypt, and my next trip is to Asia in 2009. Our family spends a lot of time in Costa Rica where Mike is developing a project and the fishing is outstanding!! It's been a great ride so far this life of mine, and I am looking forward to hearing what all of you have been up to for the last 30 years. See you in July!!
Much against my will, my father took a job in Rhode Island in the middle of my junior year and I had to finish High School at Burrillville JR/SR High. Burrillville is still a very small town today and 30 years ago it wasn’t any easier to be the new kid in a school where everyone knew everybody. I had one thing going for me, Florida curriculum was about 1 year ahead of Rhode Island so my senior year was a breeze. Although transplanted, I have always held to SEHS as being the school I attended.
I joined the Air Force directly out of High School and at 17 I had some quick growing up to do. I thought I was going to be a Weather Specialist but after basic training I was assigned to Pease Air Force Base in NH as a Security Policeman. It wasn’t the job I wanted but I did get to stand outside in the weather and became somewhat of a weather expert when it came to avoiding harsh climate conditions. You really don’t worry about “wind chill factor” until you’re on the flight line and the temperature is already below zero.
I served in the Air Force until 1988, moving out of the weather and into indoor electronic related skills. I initially worked on equipment that predated modern computers and moved through a number of jobs ending in the telecommunications field. After 10+ years and all stateside assignments in NH, MA, MS and TX, it was time for me to turn away from a promising 20 year retirement and seek a job where all these learned skills could be put to use in obtaining big bucks. The hardest part about leaving the military was deciding what to wear each day. I just knew it wouldn’t be blue or green. I learned pretty quickly that the big bucks job wasn’t going to be the first post military job I got.
Stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL, I left the Air Force on May 21st, 1988 and started working for a company called Automated Wagering International on May 24th, 1988. After working for Uncle Sam for 10+ years you better believe I was taking my 3 days off. AWI provided equipment, software and operational services to lotteries throughout the world. I joined AWI in Tallahassee, FL and was part of the FL team for 17 years until 2005. I mainly supported the technology needs of the Florida Lottery but I did get to work on other Lotteries in the US as well as internationally, including Russia, Leeward Islands and Dominican Republic.
In May of 2005 I started working directly for the Florida Lottery. I am currently the Chief Information Officer for the Florida Lottery and feel as though I caught a lightning bolt in a glass jar. This is a great place to work with an awesome mission of supporting education. All of my experience rolled up well to prepare me for this opportunity and I feel truly blessed.
Along the way, I got married in 1980, added a daughter, Jennifer, in 1982 and a son, Chris, in 1985. Got divorced in 1993 after 13 years and remarried in 1995 to Annette, adding a 5 year old step daughter, Regina. In November, I will tie my previous marriage time of 13 years. The kids are now 26, 23 and 18. I like to say I have been married twice but have only had one wife. Annette and I passed through the first 13 years with ease and are best friends. I expect the next 13 years to be even easier. Jennifer, having 3 children, chose to make us young grandparents with Mackenzie (6), Isaiah (3) and Nevaeh (3). We all live in Tallahassee, FL.
SHERRI RICHARDS JOHNS
My husband Mike and I celebrated 28 years of marriage recently. We met at the Boys and Girls Club, where he worked for 24 years, for the last 10 years he's been a building contractor for Centex homes. I attended MJC and USF but never finished because we wanted to start a family. I have been a stay at home mom since the birth of my first child. We have four daughters ranging from 25 to 17. All of them went or are going to Southeast! Two are married and I have a four year old grandson (that I watch M-F) and another one due in Sept. I've been able to volunteer in many areas, my favorite has been working with the youth group at my church. My career as Mom may seem trivial, but I would say anything but. It is amazing the high school memories and friendships that continue to make me smile, laugh, or want to hide! Love Sherri
After graduating from Southeast, I immediately enrolled in MJC in the Criminal Justice Program. I spent one semester there, when I was accepted into the Police Academy at Manatee VoTec. Of course now, neither one of those institutions are known by those names, they are now MCC and MTI. As far as I know they still do pretty much the same thing as they did back then. After graduating from the academy in April of 1979, I worked selling sporting goods at J.C. Penney’s while I waited for a full-time law enforcement job. Holmes Beach had hired me on a part-time basis since there were no full-time positions available. It was during this time in August of 1979 while at work at Penney’s one night that I met Jayne Garrott, who innocently came into the store to buy a present for a family member. The rest was history. We got married in January of 1982 and just celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last year with a cruise to Alaska.
I was hired by Palmetto PD in September of 1979 and spent a couple of years there before being hired by Holmes Beach. I left there to return to college with no intention of ever getting back into law enforcement and went to Auburn University (War Eagle!) in January of 1983. I muddled along in the business program there until our Ashley was born in March 1986. We returned to Bradenton because I really needed a job with benefits, and Holmes Beach offered me a Patrol Sergeant position that I thought I would take for a couple of years until I found something else to do. That was over 22 years ago, and I haven’t left yet.
Since that time, I served as a Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and Police Chief. Since the average tenure for a Police Chief in the State of Florida is 2.3 years and I am now over 15, I consider every day as a blessing. I have been fortunate to have graduated from USF (Go Bulls!) and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. I have served as the Chairman of the Manatee County Law Enforcement Council, the Chairman of the MTI Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board, the President of the Tampa Bay Area Chiefs of Police Association and the President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2004-2005. I was appointed by Governor Bush in 2002 to the State of Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission and I am currently serving as Chairman of the Commission.
Ashley is 22 years old now and will graduate from USF with her degree in business in December. I love to hunt in Alabama, fish and golf in Florida, and we have a home in North Carolina that we do not get to use nearly enough (yet). I am active in the music ministry at First Baptist Church of Bradenton where they actually let me sing every once in a while.
It is hard to believe that this reunion came from a conversation that I had over lunch with Sheila Roberts a couple of years ago when we talked about how much fun it would be to have a combined reunion with a “couple” of classes! It is incredible to see how it has come together with so many people and I can’t wait to see everyone. It is going to be a blast!
See Belinda Wilson Younce's bio on the "Class of '77 Bios" page.
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