Nona Powers Breitenstein


2060 N.E. 27th Street
Lighthouse Point, FL 33064


retired teacher

I've just attended the 45th reunion and am so impressed with the job that the reunion committee did for this event, as well as our class website. Since reconnecting with so many classmates, I'm finally inspired to enter my bio.

After high school, I attended Dade County Jr. College, where I met my husband, Jim Breitenstein (Southwest Hi.'60). We graduated from FAU, I in elementary ed., and Jim, biology & chemistry.

During the next 4 years, we married, had our first daughter, Donna, Jim worked as a criminalist for the Metro-Dade Crime Lab and I taught primary grades in Dade. We moved to Broward County, where we had our second daughter, Andrea, Jim began working for the City of Ft. Lauderdale Utilities Dept., I resumed teaching, and earned my master’s degree. I was a primary classroom teacher, a school-based curriculum specialist, and trainer for the school district's reading department. I served as President of the Broward County Primary Specialists Association and was initiated into Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for women educators, serving as President of my chapter for a 2-year term. While a trainer for the reading department, I was on a team that developed and conducted teacher workshops and was in charge of producing 2 training videos, used throughout the county. Jim retired, after 30 years with the city, as the Environmental Resources Manager, and I retired, after 35 years, as an educator.

Our daughters, Donna and Andrea, are now 39 and 36 yrs. old and have 5 boys between the two of them. Our grandsons’ ages range from 2 to 11 yrs. old and we’re so fortunate to spend a lot of time with them, as they live nearby. We cherished many years of boating, and camping with our daughters all over the U.S. and continue to enjoy these activities with their families. I played tennis for several years and, since retirement, have finally joined Jim golfing. That’s a work in progress!