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Cara Elizabeth Weekley

2006 Associated Electric Scholarship

Cara Elizabeth Weekley - 2006 Associated Electric Scholarship

"Where everybody knows your name . . . " that old familiar tune to the television show "Cheers".  That describes my hometown of Montgomery City.  Growing up I would have told you that I wanted to be a farmer, or a nurse, but never a teacher.  However, as my exposure to young children increased through babysitting, mentoring, teaching vacation bible school, volunteering and observing, I knew I had found my calling.

I want to teach in a rural Missouri because that is where I am from.  I understand the challenges and limitations, but I also know the benefits of living in a small farming community and especially the opportunity to teach in a small rural school district.

One of her teachers shares that Cara's enthusiasm and joy for teaching young children is very evident in her conversation, as is her love for her rural background.  Her passion to return to the rural setting in pursuit of her dream to teach young children is something we have discussed on more than one occasion.  She has great potential for success as a rural teacher.