Lydia found her true calling as an elementary school teacher after she raised her son and he went to college. She was abandoned by her son’s father when she was first pregnant in 1987. She was a single parent who suffered a decade of domestic violence by her second husband. Lydia lived in poverty for many years and at times, she was dependent on financial assistance.
Because of this history, Lydia believes the many obstacles she overcame in her life have afforded her a mature perspective from which to interact with students and their families. She plans to specialize with teaching students who struggle with reading and/or those for whom English is a second language.
Lydia is midway through Initial Teacher Certification in the Masters of Education degree program at Berry College where she is an honor student. Lydia volunteers extensively with her church, she participates in ministry outreach to the homeless of Grant Park, she sings in a community-based sacred/classical chorus, and recently became a campaign volunteer for the State School Board Superintendent.