"Lutheran roots leads to teaching"
I grew up in a Lutheran family. My father was a deacon; my mother was the director of the Sunday school program. My brother was the church organist and later became a Lutheran minister. I was a Sunday school teacher at 15 and Luther League president.
I graduated from Augsburg College. Then my husband and I went to California on our honeymoon and decided to stay.
I knew I wanted to be in education but took a job at a junior high school which was not a good age group. After one year I told my husband I would rather dig ditches than go back.
I was disillusioned so I decided to go in another direction. I attended the Ventura Police Academy and became a police woman. It was a wonderful experience but after a couple of years I was yearning to teach. I started four vocational schools with a partner, ran them for 12 years and then sold them. The buyout agreement kept me from going into voc ed for 3 years. At this time I wanted to give back to my Lutheran heritage so I started teaching at CLU and this has been a perfect fit for me.
Through my work, I now have the opportunity to give back to the CLU community and treat students, staff, and faculty as I was treated as a graduate student.
Today, 37 years later, I still remember my arrival and do not regret it.
I enjoy the work I do, I love coming to work and I appreciate seeing familiar faces of my colleagues on campus.
Working at CLU is like being part of a large extended family.
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