Teacher Honored for Spending 50 Years 'In Jail'
Marian Olson has spent 50 years in the Wisconsin prison system by choice
she likes it there.
Olson is a teacher at Oakhill Correctional Institution, a minimum-security
prison in Fitchburg, just south of Madison.
She marked her 50th anniversary of teaching on January 1. On February
23, her colleagues held a reception honoring her for her impressive record
of service. She was the subject of several newspaper articles.
Olson, a member of WEAC Council #1, started teaching in 1948 at the Wisconsin
School for Girls at the site of what is now Oakhill.
Although she is about 70 and about 5 feet 2 inches tall,
she said the burly inmates dont give her much trouble.
I think you have to respect them, Olson told the Wisconsin
State Journal. They know that youre there to help them.
but theyre also here to help themselves.
Posted March 6, 1998