January 19, 2012
How and when did I come to the realization that I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up? It began when I discovered I thoroughly enjoyed being an academy instructor for the Petsmart Grooming Academy in Chicago. I originally just managed a very successful salon for the Petsmart Corporation. My skills and extensive knowledge in the grooming industry landed me the promoted position of an academy instructor to train salon bather associates to become pet groomers. I’ve always been very passionate about grooming and continued my education in the field, so that I could be the best groomer I could possibly be. I then applied this knowledge to my associates and students in a fun learning environment. I still receive thank you emails from my students for giving them the tools necessary to succeed in the grooming industry. When I read those emails it makes feel so proud that I contributed to someone becoming a successful member of society. I had to leave Chicago for personal reasons and had to resign from my position. My husband and I decided to move back to Indiana after finding out that we were going to be parents. I received a position in Bloomington as the salon manager for Petco. I still have a passion for grooming, but the physical labor that comes with grooming heavy resistant dogs has had a physical toll on my body. I have decided it’s time for a career change! The decision to want to become a teacher was so easy for me to choose because of the joy it brought me during my role as an academy instructor.
What made me decide the field of education I wanted to teach? The answer is simple, my son. The past two years since I’ve had my son has been an incredible journey. I never knew the happiness and love being a mother would bring me. I love teaching him new things, watching him grow and develop into the little toddler he is