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.
“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.
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