Ida Bulloch is celebrating a milestone! The long-time educator marked 50 years of working at St. Joseph’s Catholic School this fall. All seven of her children, as well as her husband (former superintendent of El Paso Catholic Schools, Edgar Bulloch), are graduates.
“I started with my first one in kindergarten in 1965,” she said. “And I thought I would be here until they all graduated but then the brothers came and it was so beautiful being with the brothers, I just didn’t want to leave!”
Like many employees at St. Joseph’s School, Bulloch started with the intent of seeing that her children have the benefit of a Catholic education but remained because of the friendly, parochial environment and serene ambiance.
“In school, you get to hear all about God and in a public school, you don’t,” she said. “Just having God with you, it’s very important to me.”
There’ve been many changes in leadership and curriculum over the decades.
“When I started, a nun was a principal. You saw a lot of the clergy here,” she said. “There’s been less of that, not as many nuns.”
Bulloch, who started off in the schoolyard as a monitor was eventually brought in as an aide by the principal, Sister Lucia.Years later, Franciscan brothers Phillip, Edwin and Richard, would run the campus.
“Thank God (for them) and what they did for this school,” she smiled.
The school now has one sister. And the classes are much smaller. Where once there were 700 children and three classes per grade, today there are two classes per grade.
And Bulloch is no longer an aide. She said Brother Edwin brought her into the office where she continues to work with no immediate plans to retire.
“I love to hear the children outside. When they are playing out there, their laughter, it does a lot of uplifting,” she said.