Education - Teachers First

Dec 16, 2011 5:09 PM by Andy Koen

Stay at home mom discovers passion for teaching

Teaching wasn't Mindy Sabo's first career choice. In fact, she says she just wanted to be an artist. But simply being a stay at home mom was enough to get her in the classroom.

"My youngest son went to kindergarten and I was home alone and I didn't like it," Mindy recalled. "So, I went to his school and volunteered to just do anything and they put me to work as a teacher's aide."

After a few years Mindy decided to go all in. She went back to school, got her degree and has been teaching in the Fremont RE-2 school district for the past eight years.

Parents tell us say she's pretty good at it. Kris Liddell's daughter Kelcie was in Mrs. Sabo's class in both the first and second grades. Her son Rylan is in her class this year. Kris told us in her nomination letter that Mindy, "is one of those great people who has a calling in life to teach and touch the lives of our children."

But Mindy says she is the lucky one.  "It's so fun to be here, nobody knows how lucky I am," she said. "Every child needs someone to care about them, to help them grow and if you just give it your all everyday, you're going to love it."

That perspective, of feeling lucky to be doing what she does is what makes Mindy so special. Her principal Max Engelhardt says she's the first to arrive and last to leave everyday. Mindy says she that's because she loves what she does and wants to help her students anyway she can.

"It's not and 8-3 job or an 8-5 job, I mean, it's my life," she said. "You just have to love each day."

Perhaps teaching is her best career choice.

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