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Post graduation, Brad applied for two jobs at Ankeny High School, was shortlisted for both, but got neither. "I just turned it over to God," he said. Soon afterward, he accepted a long term sub position at Johnston. But fate stepped in: Just as he was about to begin the sub position, another position opened at Ankeny. He applied, and got the call. He hesitated only a moment worried about leaving Johnston in a lurch but saw the special opportunity. He's been there two years now, and loves it.
Edmondson sought the advice of two of his best friends. "I said, 'I want to run something by you, and I want the first thing that comes into your head.' " When he said he was thinking about becoming a teacher, one of them said it's a perfect fit, and the other said it's about time everybody knows that's what you're supposed to be doing, except for you. Then he approached Kathy, who embraced the idea without hesitation.
Winding road leads to teaching job
Asked what he would say to someone who was in a similar situation and contemplating grad school, he said, "Do it. Take that leap of faith. You're going to land someplace.".
At the time, Brad was working three jobs: Gilcrest/Jewett, Target and Scheels. He quit his main job at Gilcrest/Jewett, and told Target and Scheels they would have to compete to retain his services whoever offered the best hours and the best pay would keep him.
By the time Edmondson finished his BA, he was married to Kathy, who was in graduate school. He returned to the lumberyard for a year. When Kathy graduated, they traded places. He began his MA in history at ISU and landed a teaching assistantship. He was a natural in the classroom.
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Edmondson had coached his kids in a few sports and really enjoyed the challenge and rewards. He recalls one mild spring workday in 2010, driving around to construction sites, thinking, "I wish there was something I could do with kids that pays, that you could do for a living. I remember racking my brain like Jimmy Choo Glitter Pumps Sale
By 1999 he found himself in sales at the lumberyard, earning a comfortable income. "Next thing you know, it's 2010," he said. He had a decent job, a happy marriage and healthy kids but something nagged at him.
don't know what you're going to do with it, but you know it's better than anything else you've done, because you're going to class and you're genuinely interested and engaged," he said.
Brad Edmondson went back to school to become a teacher. His choices took him on a winding road to his current position: an eighth grade history teacher at Southview Middle School in Ankeny. He is in his second year at the school and loves his work.(Photo: Mary Willie/The Register)"I did a lot of things," he said, after graduating from Ankeny High School in 1987, "particularly, poorly in college." After unsuccessful attempts at both DMACC and Iowa State University, he went to work at D Lumber in Ankeny, Giuseppe Zanotti Black resigned to just making a living for a while. A year later, armed with a little more maturity, he tried again, first at South Dakota State University, then at ISU, where at 26 he completed his bachelor's degree in history.
Then Kathy became pregnant with their first child. "It's the classic story," he said. "I'm going to take a year off. We'd been married five or six years, and we'd never had two incomes, because we'd always been in school, and poor. Everybody's buying houses and cars and starting families, and here we are, still." The prospect of returning to his graduate program looked increasingly remote. "Life happens," he said.
said. "And that luck continues all the way up to now, sitting in this chair."
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