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Mudd’s life focused on education, family, faith

Outgoing Jefferson City Public School Board President Alan Mudd taught in Jefferson City Public Schools from 1972-99.

Outgoing Jefferson City Public School Board President Alan Mudd taught in Jefferson City Public Schools from 1972-99. Photo by Kris Wilson.

An interview with Alan Mudd moves quickly to the subject of education.

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“When I got out of high school, I didn’t think I wanted to ever be in a school again,” Mudd said. “And I ended up today, still being involved with schools.”

He taught math in Jefferson City’s Public Schools from 1972 until he retired in 1999 — only to be asked back for another six years as a half-time coordinator for a couple of programs.

Looking back, Mudd said his becoming a teacher surprised a lot of people, even though his mother had taught in a one-room schoolhouse before she had children, and one of his father’s brothers “was a principal and superintendent, and he was like a second father to me.”

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