Emergency Dispatcher to College Grad – Meet a Recipient Featuring Andrea Meadows
Meet scholarship recipient Andrea Meadows, and her daughter, Lily. Andrea is currently seeking her Master of Arts in Teaching at John Brown University.
We asked Andrea to tell us more about her journey as a SPSF scholar.
What made you decide to go back to school?
The biggest reason why I went back to school is for the kids in the communities. I spent four years as an Emergency Dispatcher, and I have heard some of the worst stories imaginable. I knew I would someday want to teach, but dispatching gave me the extra nudge I needed. I wanted and still want to make a positive impact on children, no matter how small. Teaching is a great place for this impact to occur!
After I graduate, the financial stability from teaching will be great for my family. This will also allow me to have hours consistent with my daughter’s, and I won’t feel as if I am missing out on her life. She’s already told me that, besides growing up to be a princess, she likes the idea of being a teacher!
I think the part I enjoy most about being Lily’s mommy is watching her blossom into a very bold, independent and loving personality. I think the biggest surprise I have had so far as a parent is realizing how fiercely I could love someone. That little girl definitely has my heart.
In the meantime, when I have a chance to get away, my daughter and I spend time at Barnes and Noble, local parks, and when they are in season, we travel to Renaissance fairs! Next year, I am hoping to get Lily into the open show for Washington County Fair. She loves to create and she loves to bake!
Outside of teaching and being a momma, some of my favorite hobbies include reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and getting outside. I have been meaning to run more, as well, and I am hoping the weather will cooperate.
Posted by Christina Meeks on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 @ 5:00AM
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