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Valine Hobbs Collection

Identifier: UAC/21/2023.a020

Scope and Contents

The materials within this collection feature Valine Hobbs' career as a professor and author. The collection is composed of a poem from The Instructor magazine, a photocopied article from the Sam Houston Alumnus magazine, and a photocopy of a Board of Regents meeting report about accepted professors' retirements.


  • 1945
  • 1969

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Biographical / Historical

Valine Hobbs was born on September 7, 1898.

Hobbs attended Copper High School in Copper, Texas, and graduated valedictorian.

She attended East Texas State Teachers College, now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she received her teaching certificate. Afterward, she taught during the school year and took courses toward her bachelor's degree in the summer. During this time, she became a member of Alpha Chi, the National Honor Society. Hobbs continued her education and received a master's degree at George Peabody College for Teachers (Vanderbilt University) and was involved in Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Sciences. Hobbs also completed graduate work at North Texas State University (University of North Texas) and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education.

Hobbs' teaching career was expansive. She taught elementary in the public schools of these Texan towns Copper, Bonham, and Orange. For twenty years, she taught at Stephen F. Austin University Demonstration School before accepting a position at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1950.

At SHSU, Hobbs taught Children's Literature, a required course for students majoring in elementary education. Her course was beyond the normal children's literature course as she incorporated reading, handwriting, English, child psychology, and professional ethics into her curriculum.

Along with being an educator, Hobbs was a published poet and author. Her works have been published in over twenty-four magazines and newspapers, such as; Horn Book, Story Parade, Children's Activities, Elementary English, Our Nation's Schools, The Instructor, Mathematics Teachers, and Elementary School Principle. Her book "Sparks: Fire Prevention Rhymes and Stories" was published in 1926. She has also published several textbooks and workbooks in education.

She was a member of the Texas State Teachers Association of University Professors, Texas College Teachers Association, Poetry Society of Texas, Delta Kappa Gamma Society (for women educators), and Chamber of Commerce. Hobbs was the co-sponsor of the Association for Childhood Education, known as Childhood Education International, since 2019.

After nineteen years of service at SHSTC, Hobbs retired from her position as Associate Professor of Education on August 31, 1969.

Valine Hobbs, 86, died on September 1, 1985, and is buried in Oaklawn Cemetery, Copper, Texas.

Dr. Jack Staggs, SHSU Director of the Department of Education, established The Valine Hobbs Elementary Education Scholarship in her honor. The scholarship awards the student $1,000 in aid.


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