Retiring from Southern California’s Temple City High School (TCHS) in 2006 after 33 years, June Thurber Paine taught English (both regular and honors) and U.S. History and coordinated the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program, was teacher-on-special assignment for interdisciplinary instruction and was English Department chair.
June began her affiliation with Junior State of America as a chapter member at Monrovia High School in 1963-1964 and after beginning her teaching career in 1971, she became the Teacher Advisor (TA) for the TCHS JSA chapter. Following her retirement, she has continued to support TCHS JSA by assisting the TA and helping the students.
June has been an active member of the Junior State of America Foundation trustees and has served as a director since 2009. Through her connection with JSA and JSAF, she has become a supporter of the Montezuma Foundation and the training of TAs.
June has had a long involvement with The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (“The Huntington”). While teaching at TCHS she obtained a grant for and was a leader in “The Dovetails,” a student docent program where TCHS students were trained and certified as docents for The Huntington for the Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and the Gold Rush Exhibits. In 2008, she became a docent at The Huntington for student tours on European art.