Subject: Re: Career Changes
Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2002 19:34:20 -0500
From: "sharon danielle (Vansickle) zimmerman"
To: Chuck Teeter; ALL

Chuck and All,
Yes, I've changed careers several times and also began my first career teaching English. After moving around several times throughout the Midwest and still teaching, I got married and had three children. My most outstanding and rewarding career was being a stay-at-home mom for 17 years with my three children. However even before all that, supporting my husband's successful chiropractic business and being his wife was more important than even being Mom.

After staying at home all those years, I decided it was time to go back into teaching, so I became a substitute teacher, and I did that for several years to help put our kids through college. In 1993, I decided to go back to school (University of Northern Iowa) to become a Special Education teacher. Since that time, I've worked in a court ordered residential treatment center for adolescent male sex offenders and also as a Resource teacher and computer teacher in a huge high school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Since my husband's sudden death due to melanoma in March of this year, I've quit my Resource position in CR to transfer to Iowa City High School so that I'd be closer to home. I have a career which I don't really like these days, that of being a widow; however, I believe I will weather through all of that with the help of God and my close friends.