I’m a career switcher
I’m a career switcher. My degree is in criminal justice. I worked in probation and parole and worked with the State Police for a while. I have a law enforcement background. I went back to school and got my teaching license. I needed a schedule that worked for my children. I had a 10 and a 2-year-old at the time. It made sense. It took me three years to do it nights and weekends. I was at Plaza Elementary when I started and my son actually went through Plaza Elementary with me, first through fifth grade. I loved that school. We were a family. The only reason I left Plaza is because it closed.
What do you like about teaching?
The thing I like…when you can see that light bulb go on with kids. Or when the kid, especially working with gifted kids now, when things are happening and they have a thought or a connection or they realize something and everybody else goes, “What?” Then you’re like, “Oh my gosh, I never thought of it that way.” I like those moments where I can see that little spark happening. Or the kid who, all of a sudden, something just hits them and they can hardly stand themselves – forget raising my hand, I just have to say it! I love those moments. They’re so excited.