“The reasons I went back to school were financial,” said Skinner. “My husband Tommy became disabled in 1980 and our income went down two-thirds. I was a happy homemaker for 20 years, but it was time to work. I had no job skills, but found a program through Hopkinsville Community College that allowed me to get my GED and provided job counseling.”
Skinner said she opted for a career in teaching due to a decent salary and plenty of holidays during the year.
“The difference between the classroom then and now is that now there is so much emphasis on state testing,” said Skinner. “I hate that there is so much pressure placed on teachers because of it. The focus is on the scores to obtain federal funding and that does a disservice to students.”
Skinner added that the education system 20 years after her career began emphasizes documentation more than in the past with little relationship to classroom lessons.
Though she began as a substitute and student teacher in the elementary school, Skinner’s career took her to the middle school’s classrooms. “I’ve taught everything but Math. Last year, I taught Reading and Science.” She added that the latter subject was her favorite to teach.
“The best part of teaching was seeing the kids that struggled set goals and attain them to be successful in school,” said Skinner. “There were so many little things along the way. School has many good memories for me, but no one big memory stands out in my mind.”
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