"Lutheran roots leads to teaching"
I grew up in a Lutheran family. My father was a deacon; my mother was the director of the Sunday school program. My brother was the church organist and later became a Lutheran minister. I was a Sunday school teacher at 15 and Luther League president.
I graduated from Augsburg College. Then my husband and I went to California on our honeymoon and decided to stay.
I knew I wanted to be in education but took a job at a junior high school which was not a good age group. After one year I told my husband I would rather dig ditches than go back.
I was disillusioned so I decided to go in another direction. I attended the Ventura Police Academy and became a police woman. It was a wonderful experience but after a couple of years I was yearning to teach. I started four vocational schools with a partner, ran them for 12 years and then sold them. The buyout agreement kept me from going into voc ed for 3 years. At this time I wanted to give back to my Lutheran heritage so I started teaching at CLU and this has been a perfect fit for me.
Today, 37 years later, I still remember my arrival and do not regret it.
I never had much experience working with international students and am really enjoying learning so many different things about other countries.
I didn't know that I was going to get the opportunity to meet students from all over the world.
She ended up being one of my best student workers and would tell all students who got homesick of her adventure here.
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