Pamela (Smith) Lotz
Class of 1980
My school years were full of moves. I went to 12 different schools before graduating from Monrovia High School. Because of this, I've always had a heart for those kids we call gypsies or transients - the ones that often fall through the cracks, who feel insecure in each new environment, under-confident in class, usually not the "favorites" but the frustration of teachers, nor the first picked for childhood activities.
Since I was a little girlI wanted to be a teacher--one that loved each student for the special person that God has made him or her to be. Coach Greer did that for me. I can't even give you specific examples but he is one of the joyful teacher's face I can still see. (Read "Thank You, Mr. Falker" by: Patricia Polacco.)
I met Eddie in February 1982, on a blind date. We were married by November 1982. Eddie is now a 2nd grade teacher in Azusa, but we have had many adventures up until now. Eddie and I started our life together by having our first adventure: a Strawberry farm in the Dominican Republic in 1983-1984. While there we came in contact with New Horizons Youth Ministries from the USA and Canada, where I would become a secretary and we would take part in ministering to troubled youth. This was a last resort for teens that were heading down a road of destruction. Little did I know this would minister to me as well.
We served for 3 years with New Tribes Mission - at the very school where Eddie grew up-as teachers, dorm parents, cooks, High School Advisors, and various other tasks. (Our 3rd child Jenny was born in Bolivia during that time).
We have four amazing children, Kristopher 24; served 6 years in the US Navy, the last four on the USS George Washington in Japan, Rachel 22; attending Sacramento State University completing her last year as a double major in Business and Photography, Jennifer 18; High School Graduate 2012 getting ready to attend Citrus College where Rachel and I both received our AA's, and Emily; 15 still attending Glendora High School.
When Kris was 3 years old and Rachel 1 years old, my biological father came back into my life for the first time. I found out I had two sisters, Tomoko and Denise and another brother John.
It took me 11 years to finish Citrus College where I received an AA in Social and Behavioral Science, and after 4 years at APU, I earned a BA in Human Development, my teaching credential, and a Masters in Education. After subbing in several districts, I started teaching in Glendora Unified School District and have taught K (1 yr), 1st (10 yrs.) and will be teaching 2nd grade for my first time this year.
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