You can probably tell by this blog that I have a "thing" for history. I have a BA in history from the University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL. class of 2002. I really wanted to be a genealogist when I "grew up" but the VA's VocRehab program, payers of my tuition, said "no way." I decided to become a librarian then. There isn't a undergraduate degree for librarians so I majored in history and minored in library science. Then, when my husband retired from the navy, also in 2002, I came to KY with him. Once more or less settled in down in the "Blue Grass State," I participated in the"Troops-to-Teachers Program" and received Kentucky certification as a social studies teacher for middle school and high schools. I also became certified as a professional librarian in KY. Jobs are scarce though. I worked as a substitute teacher for a little over a year. Then I was able to obtain a half-time position at the local library--take home pay less than $500/mo. So, I am now back to substitute teaching. Monday I have an appointment with a counsellor from Western Kentucky University. I'm thinking about going after my masters in history. Maybe with a graduate degree I'll be more marketable. I just hate the thought of taking out loans at my age (I'm knocking on the 1/2 century door) but we definitely don't have the funding. If I become more marketable, then my earnings will make it more worthwhile. It's a gamble no matter how I look at it. That's it for now folks!
(Originally posted on my Yahoo 360 blog)