Zeta O’Connell Doyle
Zeta O’Connell was born in Sacramento, California in 1908. She attended grades 1-5 in the Sacramento public schools. In 1918, she moved with her parents to San Diego where she finished the 5th grade at Balboa Elementary School. Grades 6th, 7th, and 8th were spent at Lincoln. She attended San Diego High School from which she graduated in 1924.
In 1928, she graduated from San Diego State College with an AB degree. She joined the staff of San Diego City Schools in that same year. She taught all elementary grades except kindergarten from 1928-1944:
· Cabrillo Elementary—1928-1932
· Hamilton Elementary—1932-1933
· Franklin Elementary—1933-1942
· Florence Elementary—1942-1944
In 1944, she was assigned to Roosevelt Junior High where she taught remedial reading. The following year she served as a reading consultant at Chesterton and Bayview Terrace elementary schools. From 1946-1950 she was Supervisor of Curriculum Production except for 1948-1949 when she was on a sabbatical leave. From 1950-1952, she was Supervisor of Primary Education. In 1952, she was appointed to Director of Elementary Instruction, a post she held until 1958. During that period she earned a Master’s Degree in Education from UCLA in 1955.
Zeta Doyle was well known and respected throughout the school district for her love and dedication to learning. A quiet, soft-spoken woman she had a zest and enthusiasm for learning that was contagious. Stricken with cancer, she took a leave of absence from the district in 1958. She died in 1962.