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I went through the Duquesne University School of Education Teacher Preparation” program. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Education in 1986. I knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the 8 grade.

I was in Mr. J's 8th grade class at St. Robert Bellarmine (1-8) School. I switched classes with Sister Janet. I sat in the front of his class and noticed that he used to tap this big, shiny ring with a "D" on it. On the last day of my 8th grade year, I went up to Mr. J and gave him a hug. I asked him about his ring. He said that he had always wanted to be teacher and he graduated from Duquesne University. I told him that I learned so much from him. I also informed him that I would go to Duquesne University and become a terrific teacher just like him.

I graduated from East Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Afterwards, I did pursue an education major at Duquesne University. During my four years, I was the cheerleading captain, joined an educational sorority (Kappa Delta Epsilon), and founded my own Women’s Social Club (Mynx) on campus with the help of Father Nesti, who was the President at that time.

While I was the cheerleading captain, I was responsible for the half-time basketball shows at the Civic (now Mellon) Arena. The Duquesne “Dukes” were having a half-court shoot out to win a car. Well, I was in my senior year at the university and student teaching. I already signed a teaching contract with Palm Beach County School Board to teach 4th grade for the following school year in West Palm Beach, Florida.

I was in the middle of the arena and announcing the line up to shoot the half-court shots. I was also handing the basketballs to the contestants while handling the microphone. I looked up at the fifth person in the line. Guess who it wasMore details...