I have been working with children for most of my life and loving every minute of it. I started as a live-in nanny for a family with 5 children when I was in high school in Evanston, IL. I was told that I was very responsible and that I had a lot of patience to care for those 5 children. My job included many aspects including laundry, cleaning, cooking, baking, and even grocery shopping.
I graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and licenses to teach both Art and Spanish. During college I lived with a family in LaCrosse and took care of their 3 children to earn my room and board plus a small salary. I had many of the same duties as I did with the family in Evanston. This job, also, enabled me to graduate debt-free from college.
I began teaching elementary Art in Tomah to 750 children a week in 7 different buildings. Then I moved to Stratford and began teaching middle and high school Art in Colby for 9 years, then back to elementary Art part-time in Marshfield for 5 years.
I moved to Pulaski in 1993. There were many Spanish positions, but no Art positions open in the area. I renewed my Spanish license in order to teach Spanish in a shared position between Gillett and Oconto Falls. A position to teach in just one district became available in Oconto where I was hired to begin their Spanish program at the middle and high school. In that position, I had the opportunity to take groups of high school students on adventures to Mexico, Spain, and Costa Rica. I retired from that position when it became apparent that my mother-in-law needed around-the-clock care in our home.
When I learned that Assumption BVM School was searching for a part-time Spanish teacher, my first thought was, “How will I fit this into my already busy schedule?” I put that thought aside and decided to check into what was needed. It is working out perfectly. It is a win-win for the students and myself, for if one does not use knowledge, it is forgotten. This is especially true of vocabulary, even in one’s native language. Now I get to continue practicing and learning right along with my students.