Brentwood High School Alumni Association
November 15, 2021
I graduated from Brentwood High School in 1985. I am proud to say that I am a generational graduate as my dad, Edward Holt, was a graduate, Class of 1958, as well as my sister, Candice Holt Wise, Class of 1990.
I am happily married and have been for 29 years. May 30, 2022 we will be married 30 years. My husband, Wayne, is the proud co-owner of Collier Bros Auto Body, one of the oldest black owned auto body shops in the country. It has been in existence for 75 years. I have three beautiful and talented children, Lorin (27), Sydney (24), and Dorrian (19). I am a proud wife and mother. My family is a gift, and I feel blessed to have them as part of my life.
My tenure at Brentwood High School was great. I enjoyed the Class of 1985 family. While at Brentwood, I participated in student council, French club, concert choir, played basketball, field hockey, ran track, and was a cheer leader. I really didn’t know what I was going to do when I graduated from high school. I thought I wanted to go into the arts; maybe an art teacher like my favorite teacher, Guy Sachs. I was encouraged to study business but really didn’t like it. I started my college education at Southern Illinois at Edwardsville. As it would be, I was blinded by a relationship that went sour and I didn’t finish my college education. I returned home and began working at an insurance company. I was there for 8 years and eventually I landed a position at Ritenour School District. I began working as a switchboard operator; then became a secretary in the curriculum and instruction department. In 2007, I transferred into the Human Resources department. I never thought I would find myself working in this department, but here it is 2021 and I am still here. It is in this department that I learned what my true calling was. I love to be a good resource and a help to people. When I started in this position I had no clue what the position of a human resources office professional entailed, but quickly learned and became pretty proficient. In 2021, I was recognized as Human Resources Office Professional of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Personnel Administrators. This was the first time the award has been given. I am humbled by this recognition and wanted to share this with my high school alums. (An article submitted by Wendy is on the BAA website.)
Wendy (Holt) Jackson 1985
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