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Meet Chelsea Holdridge

Posted April 22, 2015 in Community Featured, Pleasant Hill

Being a domestic goddess can be a great path to take in life. However, for one former stay-at-home mom, a career in teaching was a dream she felt she had to make come true for herself.

Chelsea Holdridge, 31, a math teacher at Southeast Polk High School, says she took the non-traditional route to becoming a teacher.

Chelsea Holdridge teaches math at Southeast Polk High School. Photos by Lisa Verhey-Budding.

Chelsea Holdridge teaches math at
Southeast Polk High School. Photos by
Lisa Verhey-Budding.

“Right after high school, I went to DMACC and got my two-year degree in accounting. I then landed a job at Wells Fargo, but found out that the business world wasn’t what I thought it would be. I decided to stay home with my kids, but then started thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life,” Holdridge says.

So, mom decided to throw caution to the wind, and go back to school. Three-and-a half short years later, she received a degree in mathematics from Iowa State University.

“My Family was very supportive during this time, and my boys were wonderful through it all. They knew how I felt about them being in school all day with teachers, and that I wanted to be one of those teachers that could positively influence kids too,” she says. “It is also really important to do what you love to do…where it doesn’t feel like ‘work,’ and it is fun everyday.”

Holdridge says that her kids, Jordan,13,Jake,11, and Jaeden, 8, love mom’s new job because she is off work the same time they are out of school. “We all look forward to having the summer off, and being able to spend it together,” she says.

Holdridge is still the new kid on the block at SEP, with one year in the pocket so far. Her first two years of teaching, right out of college, were spent at the Colo-NESCO School District.

“I did my student teaching at SEP, and knew then that I wanted to come back here full-time. I plan on staying here for the long haul,” she says.

According to Holdridge, teaching teens can sometimes prove to be a challenge.

“Kids this age have life issues that come up. You need to be sensitive to troublesome issues, like boyfriend or girlfriend problems, or maybe something is going on at home that makes it hard to concentrate in class. Sometimes you have to set aside math for the day, and sees how else you can help them out,” she says.

 

What do you like best about your teacher?

Maddy Waddell: “She’s pretty cool and casual. She knows how we need to learn.”

Maddy Waddell:
“She’s pretty cool
and casual. She
knows how we
need to learn.”

Shailah Matthews: “Her teaching style works really well for me.”

Shailah Matthews:
“Her teaching style
works really well
for me.”

Zach Bischof: “She has an interesting way of teaching that gets the job done.”

Zach Bischof:
“She has an
interesting way of
teaching that gets
the job done.”





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