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Page maintains school traffic safety

Each day during the school year, lifetime Farragut resident Ann Page spends her mornings and afternoons trying to ensure Farragut’s children get to and from school safely.

Page has been the crossing guard for Farragut Schools for 25 years, and recently has added St. John Neumann Catholic School to her duties as well.

The daughter of lifetime Farragut residents Grace Raby Coker and Fred Coker, Page, also a former alderman for the town of Farragut, grew up with a sense of community involvement.

“My parents were Farragut natives, I am a Farragut native … in fact I live on property that has been in my mother’s family for over 100 years. We have four generations living here on the family farm,” Page said.

“My family has always been very active in the community, as well as the state,” she added.

Page chose her career, which is run through a division of Knox County Sheriff’s Office, because it afforded her the opportunity to work and still be a stay-at-home mother while finishing her degree at The University of Tennessee.

“My husband, David, and I were still students at UT when we got married and we started a family right away. So he got to finish school but I didn’t because of family obligations. In between having children I would go back to school and try to finish up. So 25 years ago, that is what I was doing while my two older children were in school,” Page said.

At the suggestion of a friend, Page applied for the school patrol position and has enjoyed it ever since.

“It was great because I could direct traffic then go to my classes during the day, then come back and direct in the afternoon and still be home with my kids.

“My plan was just to do it until I got through UT and finished my degree. Here I am 25 years later, still doing it. I just enjoyed it so much I have continued to do it,” she said.

“I love working here in Farragut with the people that I know, and my kids have gone to the schools where I direct, and I know a lot of the people who are going through and they are so nice.

“For the most part the parents are really polite and appreciative and I love working for them. Over 25 years I have had so few instances of ugliness,” she added.

A mother of three with five grandchildren and two more on the way, Page always has placed her familial responsibilities as top priorities in her life.

An accomplished cellist, she gave up positions with both the Knoxville and Oak Ridge symphony orchestras because it was best for her children.

“I quit Knoxville Symphony Orchestra when my older two children were babies because they would cry when I would go off to rehearsals at night. When they got older I was missing the symphony work, so I went to the Oak Ridge Symphony, and then along came my third one, who is 12 years younger than the other two, and she would cry when I would go to rehearsal at night, so I gave up the symphony work,” Page said.

Page has been dedicated to her job over the last 25 years, directing traffic while pregnant with her third child, as well as the day after undergoing surgery for breast cancer in 2005.

“I called to see if they could get someone to substitute for me and they said they didn’t have anyone else who could do it,” she said.

“I hated to let people down, so I went out the next morning after my surgery. It was on my right side so I couldn’t use my right arm,” she added.

Page directs school traffic mornings and afternoons at Farragut Primary, Middle and High schools and in the mornings at St. John Neumann Catholic School.


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