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Deborah Hale

Deborah Hale, age 50

Early Childhood Education Major

For over 20 years, I had the privilege of fulfilling my life-long dream of being a wife and stay-at-home mother to four wonderful children that includes a son and three daughters. I was so grateful that God had blessed us with the necessary resources that enabled me to spend my days volunteering at our children’s school, and striving to meet the needs of our very busy family. I was especially grateful for the three years I was able to homeschool the girls, and will forever treasure the time we spent together.

Three years ago, my circumstances changed dramatically. Following an unexpected divorce, I attempted to re-enter the workforce. I quickly realized that I lacked the skills necessary to acquire a position that would not only provide adequate income to support myself and the daughters who were still living with me, but also allow me to save towards the purchase of a new home for my family, and gain greater financial security.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish it, but I knew in my heart that I needed to overcome my fears, and feelings of inadequacy so that I could pursue my other dream of going to college to become a teacher. I’ve spent many years teaching preschoolers and elementary children in different capacities. I’ve worked in Mother’s Day Out programs, filled in as a substitute teacher at my children’s school, and currently teach a classroom full of 4- and 5-year-olds at my church. I often refer to my Sunday School classroom as my happy place and I want to experience that same feeling every day, surrounded by children who are full of life and curiosity.         

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