Others ended up in a career by default.
And so it is with tonight's Golden Apple Award winning school teacher.
Mrs. Mary Wright teaches Math and Science at Villa Maria Elementary School.
Student nominator Kalan McDonald wrote: "I truly believe that two hundred fifty words are not enough to describe this teacher that I am blessed to have. She really does absolutely everything that she can to make sure that we're not only receiving an absolutely fantastic education but that we're having fun while doing it."
This one time school administrator says education is a career that began 37 years ago as the result of a very short process of elimination.
Mary Wright, Golden Apple Award winner, says: "I became a teacher ... didn't want to be a nurse whatsoever."
Lou Baxter, yourerie.com, says: "There may have been just one reason Mrs. Wright started her teaching career, but there is a classroom full of reason why she has stayed here for nearly four decades."
Mary Wright, "That's the reason ... that's it ... the kids. I think it's great when I see kids come back and I see where they're going. And how they're moving on in their lives and knowing you had a part in that."
Mary Jo Melvin, PhD, Edinboro University, says: "she was a principal, she was an assistant principal, and then she went back to the classroom. I'm glad she made that decision. It was certainly the right one.
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Wright, this week's Jet 24/Edinboro University Golden Apple Award winner.
If there's a teacher you'd like to nominate for the Golden Apple Award, go to the contest page at yourerie.com.
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