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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma.”  Tell us something most people probably don’t know about you.

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We all know that old saying “Jack of all trades, Master of none.” Well I’ve been one of those Jackettes. I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to be able to take jobs I LIKED over the years rather than just having to work to make money (not that the money didn’t help, it did, but if you like your job that’s worth more than money!). I was good at the things I chose to do, but there was ONE job I was NOT trained for and actually quite excelled at — apparently.

Some of you probably already know that I taught kindergarten for several years at two private Christian schools. I LOVED it, and I knew I could have made a great career out of it. I didn’t have a degree, no formal educational training (which isn’t required by the state here to teach kindergarten in a private school), just went into the classroom knowing how I taught my own kids and that’s what I did (with the help of a great curriculum).

The surprise for me came in 1992 when I was nominated for Ogden City School District’s Teacher of the Year award. I was not only floored, but SO out of my league! I walked into that banquet with 100+ teachers and educators and stuck out like a sore thumb. Here were all these wonderfully professional looking men and women, and I looked for all the world like a country bumpkin! Basically I hid! His lordship and I sat at the table clear in the back out of sight.

teacher appleThere was no way I was going to win that award and I knew it, not only because I lacked the needed credentials, but I had only been teaching for two years. Still, it was such an honor to be nominated with so many amazing teachers that I was in awe. When they called my name to come up and get my certificate of recognition, I wobbled all the way to the podium on my stupid high heels, grabbed the sucker, and HL and I hi-tailed it out of there before someone got wise and took it away from me! 😀

book wormIt was a lovely evening that I’ll never forget. And it made me realize you never know what you can do in life until you get brave enough to try new things. (Too bad I haven’t always lived up to that philosophy… 😦 )