Native featured in California paper

Rita Beltz Johnson, a 1963 Hillsboro High School graduate and a 1967 graduate of Tabor College, was featured for her teaching prowess in a recent issue of the Bakersfield Californian newspaper.

Johnson, 55, has been a longtime teacher of first-graders at Heritage Academy, a private school in Bakersfield, Calif.

The article highlights Johnson’s efforts to help students develop their creativity through art projects. One year she brought a sewing machine to school so the class could make a quilt together. The quit was sold at an auction and the money was donated to a religious charity.

In addition to teaching, she and her husband, Ken, own a store called Klassy Kreations. They have three adult children.

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