My education career started with teaching college business in Las Vegas. Being only 21 years old, many of my students were older than I was. However, I discovered that helping students meet career goals was something I enjoyed. I primarily was preparing students for court reporting and legal work as law clerks and paralegals. While teaching, I was recruited by Caesars Palace as a Marketing Representative. This was an extremely exciting time in my life and I learned so much from this experience.
i have “stories” that I can tell. However, being a Montana girl, I wished to return home and decided to return to Montana to teach here. I taught business at the College of Great Falls, and then was hired by Great Falls Public Schools to teach business at C. M. Russell High School. I taught there from 1994 until 2007 when I moved to Great Falls High School. During this time, I have taught business and enjoyed teaching high school students. At the present time, I teach blended classes in business where there is often more than one class being taught during a class period… up to six at a time. This actually works well and is very much like an actual business with many activities happening at the same time.
I am currently the Department Leader for Great Falls High as well as the Work Experience Coordinator. I also serve as the BPA Advisor and have done this for the past 15 years. I have 32 years of teaching experience. Twenty-eight of those are with the Great Falls Public Schools.
I am lucky to be able to team teach with fellow business teachers. Teaching in the same classroom in a tight space allows you to get to know these teachers better than you might otherwise. We have lots of shared experiences both in the classroom and from classroom trips. There are too many to share here, but I have many amusing memories to take with me.
WHAT MAKES ME MOST PROUD
Serving as the BPA Advisor is one of the areas that makes me proud. This club has made a positive impact on me and so many of my students. Through BPA, I am able to maintain contacts with many of my students to see how successful they have become and hear the stories about how BPA has made a positive difference in their lives.
In BPA, students compete in business competitions. If students do well at the Regional level, they move up to State. If they do extremely well at State, they move up to Nationals. Since I have been the BPA Advisor, GFHS has had students compete at the National level every year but my first. Each year at the National Leadership Conference has its own unique stories; I have enjoyed taking students on their first plane ride, to see their first view of the ocean, and to step their first steps through the gate of Disneyland. What a rewarding experience!
After retirement, I will miss the students and fellow teachers the most. The collaboration with teachers is rewarding, and I am lucky to teach with some amazing and kind teachers. Of course, I will miss the students. Every day is unique and different when teaching, and I mean this in a positive way. Each individual student has much to share with the world and I am happy to be a part of that.
My plans are to spend more time with my family.