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50 year old to become teacher

January 15, 2004

Thomasville - She'll be 50 in just a few short months. "I was really afraid that I would be too old to get a degree and to go back into the classroom and everything," says Senior Early Childhood Major Pam Sellers.

But someone lovingly encouraged her to go back to school. Sellers says, "My daughter is really the one who pushed me into going back to school, she just told me that I will be 50 in the four years and I can be 50 with a degree or without a degree."

Daughter Kim says, "She sacrificed everything for us and now it's her opportunity to do something for herself and I'm really proud of her."

So with her family's support, Pam decided to hit the books and go to school to become a teacher. She says, "I just loved being with kids, I've always loved kids, but it was really like I could see where I had the opportunity to make a little difference in a child's life. And so I really wanted to take that opportunity to become a teacher."

She's not alone. On Thursday, her daughter Kim is registering for her first semester at Thomas University. What does she want to be? "I'm real excited because she wants to be a teacher too," says Pam. "She's always wanted to be a teacher, and so I'm very excited that's she's started on her way to a career."

And so is Pam, even if she'll be fifty when that new career begins. Pam Sellers son, Jeremy is also a student at Thomas University. He and Pam will graduate at the same time.

posted at 5:09 PM by karen.collier@walb.com