Sally Leighton (now Sally Newth)

Sally Leighton yearbook photo


Graduation — June 1967. Blink and now it's 50 years later. Unbelievable!

After graduation, I went on to Albion College, where I graduated with my teaching certificate. I got a teaching job in Ypsilanti, at the old Prospect School, now known as Adams and taught reading there for 5 years. My first apartment was right down from the school at the old Casa Loma where Vicky also had an apartment. While I was teaching, I got my Masters Degree in education from Michigan.

I am married to a great guy, Tom, and we've been together for almost 44 years and we've had a wonderful life together. (See picture below!) I left teaching after 5 years, when I was pregnant and to our surprise, our new "little" one turned out to be 2 (boy and girl twins). Then Tom and I began a move from coast to coast as his company transferred us to outside Philadelphia, where we had our 3rd child, a little girl, then we moved to Chicago, then to the Silicon Valley in California and finally back to Philly, where we've been for the past 30 years. Coincidentally, when we left Philly in '83, my brother, Kirk, and his family were transferred to Philadelphia and he still lives about 15 minutes from us.

Sally Leighton Newth family photo

Front: Jack and Ethan, our grandsons
Middle: Laura and Paddington, Katie and her husband, John
Back: Tom, Chris and me
The little black ears behind Chris is Stu, our Boston Terrier
(Chris and Katie are our twins and Laura is our youngest)


For 16 years, I was a stay-at-home Mom. Then when I was in my mid-40's, I decided to go back to work as an aide in our school district. After 4 years, I realized I liked being back in education so I decided to take the brain out of mothballs and got certified in PA. After doing some subbing, and at the age of 50, I was hired as a 1st grade teacher. I continued teaching for the next 15 years and loved working with the kids.

Another highlight for me in my life, is Bonnie (Fore) and I became sisters-in-law. Since a blind date worked for Tom and I, we decided to try it with Bonnie and Tom's brother. And it was a match! It has been so special to share these past many years together with Bonnie. We've laughed and shared many good times together. I have been so lucky to have her as part of my life.

Now we're hoping to make it to the reunion and share some more memories. Thanks John for putting this reunion together!