My Story By Jeri S.

My Story!

I was born and raised in Edgerton, Wisconsin. It is a small town of roughly 4,000 people north of Janesville and south of Madison. Edgerton is home to the Edgerton Crimson Tiders and is also known for growing tobacco. I did typical small town activities like play softball at the park, ride my bike everywhere I needed to go, and walked to and from school everyday. I even walked home everyday at noon and my dad made me lunch, and then I walked back to school!

Tragedy struck our family when I was very young. My mom died of breast cancer when I was 7 years old. It was horrible for my older brother, Buck, my older sister, Jan, and my dad. I learned at a very young age how precious life can be! Luckily, my parents had extended family that helped take care of us. I was very close to my Grandma, Aunts, and cousins!

School was my thing! I loved the classes, the teachers, my friends, and especially all the activities. I was in band, cheerleading, tennis, basketball, and track. Doing well in school was important to me as I wanted to go to college and “get out of Edgerton”! My favorite thing about school was homecoming. Each class would work on building a float out of chicken wire and napkins. After school we would all go to someone’s barn to work on the float. It was fun getting together, listening to music, and building our class float!

In college I decided to be a teacher. I went to UW-Madison for my bachelor’s degree and UW-Whitewater for my masters. My first teaching job was in Waterloo, Wisconsin where I taught business education subject to 8th graders through 12th graders. In 1985 I started at Oregon High School and I have been in the Oregon School District ever since!

The most important aspect of my life is my family. My husband and I have been married for 31 years and we have 3 kids. Alek is 28 and is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Pilgrim Park Middle School in Brookfield, Wisconsin. His wife, Sarah, is also a teacher. Marni is 27 and is a Registered Dietician in Madison. Mac is 22 and is an apprentice plumber in Madison. My family means the world to me!

The most important aspect of my life is my family. My husband and I have been married for 31 years and we have 3 kids.

Marni is 27 and is a Registered Dietician in Madison.

Mac is 22 and is an apprentice plumber in Madison. My family means the world to me!

Alek is 28 and is a 6th grade Language Arts teacher at Pilgrim Park Middle School in Brookfield, Wisconsin. His wife, Sarah, is also a teacher.

For fun, my husband and I like to ride bikes on the trails in Madison and other places. I love to exercise, read, and travel. I will be retiring from teaching at the end of June and look forward to other adventures.

Works Cited

Breast Cancer Symbol. Digital image. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b5/Pink_ribbon.svg/697px-Pink_ribbon.svg.png>.

City of Edgerton. Digital image. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9e/North_side_of_Fulton_Street,_Edgerton,_WI.JPG>.

High School Sign. Digital image. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. <http://www.picserver.org/images/highway/phrases/high-school.jpg>.

Homecoming Float. Digital image. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d8/Pistol_Pete_at_homecoming_2005.jpg/640px-Pistol_Pete_at_homecoming_2005.jpg>.

Tobacco Plant. Digital image. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/ae/Nicotiana_Tobacco_Plants_1909px.jpg/638px-Nicotiana_Tobacco_Plants_1909px.jpg>.

Whitewater Warhawk. Digital image. Web. 30 Jan. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0d/UWWhitewaterWarhawksMascot.jpg>.

Wisconsin. Digital image. Web. 31 Jan. 2017. <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8e/University_of_Wisconsin_Waving_W.svg/2000px-University_of_Wisconsin_Waving_W.svg.png>.

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