Teacher Appreciation

Homes for Heroes: Teacher Appreciation

“Not all superheroes have capes; some have teaching degrees,” Author Unknown.

Nowadays, teachers don’t just give of their time; many realize they may be called on to give their lives to protect their students. These teachers who have sacrificed everything to ensure their student’s safety deserve our respect and praise. We are eternally grateful for their sacrifice and their willingness to fight for their students’ safety. “Not all superheroes have capes; some have teaching degrees,” Author Unknown.

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Tara Crearer and family

Hero spotlight – Tara Crearer

“This is exactly what I was meant to do.”

Tara Crearer has been a teacher for eight years and lives in Oregon with her husband of four years and their two young children. She is currently teaching high school students online at Oregon Connections Academy.  

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Amy Epperson Oregon Paramedic

Hero Spotlight – Amy Epperson

Amy Epperson is a Paramedic from Portland, Oregon. She is a single mother of a thirteen-year-old daughter.

Of being a Paramedic, Amy says, “My job makes me feel like I am doing good in the world, but it is a tough career at the same time. I spend my days helping those who can’t and/or won’t help themselves, but I also help people who don’t want my help and curse me for my work. I have been spit on, called every name in the book, threatened, accused of kidnapping and had things thrown at me. I have become somewhat jaded about the system abusers and about the lack of respect that my profession gets. The patients who thank me are the exception, often, rather than the rule. I have learned to hold my tongue and always be kind.”

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David Saxman Army

Hero Spotlight – David Saxman

“I always had the desire to serve. I feel like everyone should do their part.”

David Saxman retired from the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant in 2016. He served as a medic in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for nine years. His other duty stations included Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, and Ft. Wainwright, Alaska.

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Levi Ball - Army

Hero Spotlight – Levi Ball

“I learned a lot about myself and life in general. The biggest gift my wife and I have gotten from my time in the Army is perspective. We know I could just not be here.”

Levi Ball spent four years in the United States Army working as a Chaplain’s Assistant in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “It was an exciting job, and I got to do a lot of stuff that I wouldn’t have been able to do in a lot of other jobs. For the most part, I was by myself. My team was just the Chaplain and I. I was in lots of operations with the Chaplain because part of my job was to keep him safe. I was his bodyguard, and so I had a lot of responsibility.”

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Christine Clark - nurse

Hero Spotlight – Christine Clark

“I feel my occupation has been a positive experience. I have met a lot of beautiful people along the way and learned a lot about myself and others.”

Christine Clark is from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and has been a nurse for ten years.

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Judy Boyles nurse

Hero Spotlight – Judy Boyles

“It’s not just a job; it can’t ever be just a job.”

Judy Boyles lives in Hickory, North Carolina with her husband of eight years and their young daughter.  Of her husband, she says, “I never thought we would get married as quickly as we did, but I can’t see myself with anyone else. I am so grateful for the man and Father that he is. I just love him.”  

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Olivias challenge one act of kindness

Olivia’s Challenge – Random Acts of Kindness

In today’s world, random acts of violence dominate our television screens. It seems like every day there’s another massive tragedy that overwhelms families and communities in fear and grief. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn the news on and see nothing but random acts of kindness?

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Sergeant Jason C Brown

Hero Spotlight – Jason Brown

“My life has been one giant second chance.”

Sergeant Jason Brown has served in the United States Army for 12 years and is described by his friends and family as “Dedicated, hard-working, and loving. He has given himself fully to his wife, always to his kids and whatever is leftover to the US army.” Jason and his wife, Janine, have been married for nine years, and together they share three children.

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Melody and Marc Steenbergh

Hero Spotlight – Melody Steenbergh

“Bloom where you are planted.”

Melody Steenbergh is an Elementary school teacher in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has been married to her husband, Marc, an active duty soldier, for nearly 20 years. Together, they have two children, a daughter Megan who is 16, and a son, Michael who is 6. Melody has been a teacher for 19 years and says of her career choice, “ For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher. I love working with my students, and I feel like teaching is truly my calling.”

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