Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nice to meet you all! blog post #1

picture of people shaking hands

My name is Kelly Evans. I was born here, but moved to Gulfport, Mississippi when I was 12 years old. In 1995 I moved back to Mobile and got a job at Providence Hospital where I was a Surgery Tech. and helped to deliver babies for a living. I met my husband shortly after moving here. We have been married for 14+ years. My husband and I have 7 children (No, that is not a typo). In addition to raising our children, my husband and I also own our own plumbing and drain business where I work part time as an office manager.

I can remember as a young child teaching to my stuffed animals and although they were great students, my dream was to one day have my very own classroom of real students. Life put those dreams on hold as I had my first child at the age of 16. In the fall of 2007 I decided it was now or never. So I embarked on the journey towards fulfilling my dream of graduating college with a degree in Elementary Education. I started out at Bishop State Community College and transferred here this past summer. This is my third semester here at The University of South Alabama and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

I love to scrapbook pictures! It is my passion. I go on two trips annually to get away with my girlfriends where we scrapbook the weekend away.

I want to enter the Education field to make a difference in the lives of children. I want to have a positive influence on them and show them compassion and understanding through my actions and words. I want them to know; that no matter what circumstances may arise, they can do and be anything they want in life.


  1. I appreciate you making the sacrifice of going back to school. My wife has been a stay at home mom since I got my first teaching job 15 years ago. Now that our last daughter is in kindergarten she is going back to school to become a teacher too.

    I think that non-traditional students that finally know what they want to do make excellent students. I taught a pre-service teacher class on using tech in the classroom last semester (not unlike Dr. Strange :) and all the students were non-traditional. They were eager to learn, even though what I taught was completely different than their experiences in the public schools they grew up with and unfortunately, with many of their college classes. Shifting the emphasis from earning grades to learning is a huge personal shift.

    I want to encourage you to keep going with this class and spend time reflecting on what you are learning. Dr. Strange will run you ragged, don't let that become an excuse for examining why he wants to you learn this information.

    Let me know if you need any help or want to bounce some ideas off me. I am happy to help.

  2. Wow. I can't believe you have seven children. That's amazing that you are able to raise all of them while working and attending school. I have two daughters myself so I understand the difficulty of your situation (To an extent!). I'm glad you are finally getting the oppurtunity to pursue your dream. I wish you the best of luck!