I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and raised in that area, as well as the North end of Vancouver Island where we saw Bald Eagles most every day and we were often able to see Orca pods in the Inlet from our living room window!
Side note: Check out 1st Grade teacher Ms. L Bennett’s picture. We had TWO of those cutie pies while we lived in that little town!
I immigrated to Utah in August 1987. I married while living in the Salt Lake area. We moved to Logan a little over a year later with our infant daughter so that my husband could continue his education at USU where he earned a BS in Elementary Education and I earned a PHT (Putting Him Through) diploma!
That took us to Southern California for 9 years before we had enough of living in CA and we moved back to Utah to beautiful Saint George!
While in SoCal, I started to volunteer in our daughter’s kindergarten class. I was usually there 5 days a week in the latter part of the school year. The following year I started subbing in the school district. After a while of subbing, I accepted a job as the librarian at my husband’s school. It was the last card catalog library in the district. I was there a few years and at my instigation, saw it through being automated. I transferred to another elementary school library that was close to where our daughter attended 6th Grade.
While our daughter was nearing the end of 6th grade, we decided it was time to leave California behind. We were both hired into WCSD in August 2004. I worked as a Para Educator & subbed for a few months and then was hired at Dixie High School as a Media Specialist. A couple of years after moving to Saint George, I found myself on my own.
I continued to work at Dixie High School and was able to attend Dixie Applied Technology College and earn my Certificates in AutoCAD and Architectural Drafting while working many jobs each week, some of which were in the field of drafting.
Two years later my present husband found me! We were married in November 2008 and back to SoCal I went. In July 2019 you may have heard of some huge earthquakes in SoCal? They were centered within 10 miles of our home, with over a thousand aftershocks within the first hour! I had no idea, however, I can now attest to PTSD and vertigo being a real thing as a result of such. My husband loves to say he sent me to the retirement home! LOL
He continues to work for the Department of Defence on a Navy Base. We spend a LOT of time on the phone and we travel to each other; however, he travels way more often to me.
We had talked extensively when we met about retiring to Saint George, so here I am, working in the WCSD again, and LOVING it!!!