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Pamela GriffithPamela Griffith has had a variety of jobs but just can’t get away from teaching. She is most satisfied when her students understand something they’ve been trying to understand for a while. Griffith loves teaching her class about the rainforest.E-mail Address:pj_griffith@msn.comAge: 51Family Information: daughters Julie, 27, Holly, 25; stepdaughter Charity, 27; step-grandson Jesse, 5, one due on Dec. 17; husband James, 47School, grade and subject: Bea Underwood Elementary School, first gradeTeaching experience: 14 years in elementary, this year makes 15. Most of my teaching experience is in second grade in Pennsylvania.Why are you a teacher? If you worked in another profession before teaching why did you change? I love working with children, I love seeing them learn. I worked in a bank, credit card company, factory work and was a teacher’s aide. I also worked as a Girl Scout leader. I changed after I put my ex-husband through school, had a family and then raised them until my second child was in school full time. Then I put myself through school for education.What do yo like most about teaching? I guess it is when a student finally clicks with what is being taught and realizes they can do it. It is really cute to see the expression on their faces.What do you do in your free time? I like to read, play games, sew, cross-stitch and bake.What’s your favorite lesson to teach? I love teaching about the rainforest.What was your favorite teacher like? It was a man and he was super in his way of teaching different subjects. He helped make learning fun and exciting.What is something interesting about you that no one else knows? I’m shy.If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and who would you take with you? Italy with my husbandWhat do you most miss about being a kid? My parents and siblings – they live back east and I don’t see them much.Each Tuesday the Post Independent will feature a teacher from a private school, Roaring Fork School District Re-1, Garfield School District No. 16 or Garfield School District Re-2.

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