When my life took a turn, I had no idea what it meant for a long time. I was a senior at Pitt State...scheduled to graduate in May 2007. I went to the September '06 job fair for teachers. I met a rep from USD 437. I came to WRMS for an interview in October and signed paperwork in early December.
I was from Oklahoma City and my parents had moved to Jefferson City, MO my junior year of college. So, I had no specific place to go. I didn't like the BFE feeling of Pittsburg. Get me back to a city! Topeka seemed great. Proximity to Kansas City was ideal. So there it was. Moved to Topeka and knew no one. I feel like I've written about this before, but I do feel that this is a pivotal moment. Looking back on it, I'm proud of my fearlessness. I didn't have a husband to go with me. I didn't have parents with me. A sister. I was alone. And I built myself a nice little life. If I could high five myself, I would.