Peggy Dickman Biography

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The little boy showed up at school on an off day. With no one to take him home, she volunteered. As the boy gripped her hand she led him through the trailer park he lived in and he directed her to his home. When she opened the door, she saw young kids in diapers running around and their mother was sitting in a chair in a drug induced haze. She had no choice but to leave the boy at his home and go back to work. “I still remember that little boy. It was horrifying, to leave those him there and not know if he would be okay,” Peggy Dickman, third grade teacher, recalled about the incident that occurred early on in her teaching career. Dickman has been a teacher at Shepherd Elementary School for 19 years. Before however, she taught at an at risk kindergarten program. That was only one of the many horrifying situations she experienced. …show more content…
I was emotionally unprepared and didn’t know what to do so I followed a friend to Ferris State University, which wasn’t even a full university back then,” she said. Business and administration is what Dickman first focused on, but she quickly realized as she sat in a statistics class that she wasn’t following her heart. “Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher. My grandmother was and she was such an influence on me. I wanted to be just like her,” Dickman said while tears formed in her eyes as she remembered. “She was killed in a car crash and I wasn’t emotionally ready at the time to follow in her footsteps.” Dickman found a way to follow her heart and she transferred to Central Michigan University where she graduated with a major of language arts and child development. “I do what I do because I love it. It isn’t a job that you can leave at the end of the day and forget about until tomorrow. The students become your kids and you think about them at the store when you see a treat they like; just ask my husband,” Dickman said with a

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