First Class Sparks sets off on first year teaching

Editor’s Note: Prior to the start of the 2017-’18 school year, the Wills Point Chronicle asked the Wills Point ISD for permission to interview a new teacher about their experiences in the classroom at the beginning, middle and end of their first-year. This article is the first of a three-part series.

From a young age, Wills Point native Sally Sparks always knew she wanted to teach. That passion followed her across the country and back, as she left in Wills Point following graduation in 2005 to attend West Texas A&M in Canyon, to New York for a time, down to Oklahoma State to pursue her Master's degree, and out west to Seattle where she and her husband settled for the past five years.

“I always knew that I wanted to teach. When I was in writing class I wanted to be a writing teacher. When I was in band I wanted to be a band teacher. When I was in theater I wanted to be a theater teacher. Theater is what I thought I wanted to teach in high school or middle school somewhere I think getting my masters in it just kind of burned me out.”

Sparks found her calling during her stint in Seattle noting, “I started nannying and working in pre-schools with this age range and just knew that's it. That's it! That's what I've done for the past five years is worked with this age group.”

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