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Fordyce High School Teacher’s Passion for Giving Back Earns Her National Award

FORDYCE – Jessica Young has just about done it all in the medical field. She has tended to patients as a nurse, and she serves a part-time ambulance driver throughout Dallas County. Taking the advice of a church member, she chose to go into education by preparing the next generation of health professionals. After all, the flexible schedule would allow her to be home more often with her family. “All throughout industry and nursing, you’re always involved in patient teaching, so it would be a natural transition to go to that aspect into a classroom realm,” Young said. The first two weeks of school proved to be overwhelming for her. Teachers have to design their lesson plans to meet state-required frameworks, create end-of-course exams, and grade using a rubric. That’s not what she expected. “I didn’t know what those things were. I looked up at God and said, ‘What were we thinking?’ I had a big girl cry,” she said. Then one day it hit her. Standing before her class, she grew out of breath while teaching. Divine intervention clicked in.

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