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Springfield High School

101 South Lewis Street
Springfield, IL 62704
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"Choose a job that you love, and you'll never work a day in your life."

This is my 17th year in Springfield Public Schools and my 22nd year in a classroom. I have worked at many different jobs from babysitting to fast food, retail, banking, and selling insurance. It took me 10 years to finish my Bachelor degree in Business Administration while working full time and raising my twin daughters as a single mother. My first teaching experience was working in a daycare part time while I worked for Allstate, so that the daycare fees for my then 3 year old twins would be reduced. Next, I was a Kindergarden Aide, then a high school aide for a full school year. I liked it so much, I went back to school to become a business teacher, and subbed on the days I didn't have class, and also worked part time in a health insurance claims office. I taught middle school for 2 years in East St. Louis plus taught Marketing and College 101 at an adult education center. When I was hired by District 186, I considered this my dream job, even though I origianlly didn't plan on teaching. Everything I experienced in my life lead me to teaching. My educational philosopy is that school is where you learn something from every person you meet. Every class, activity, job, and all the people in your life, will help lead you the career you are meant to have. In my personal life, my husband and I live north of Springfield, in the middle of corn and bean fields, with our two cats. Two of our 4 adult children work in the medical field, one works in computer gaming, and the other in marketing. My goal for the year is to get to know each of my students as an individual, and that we learn something from each other in our classroom. ~Mrs. Shafer

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