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Your Turn/Pam Havermale

Pam Havermale
Posted: Feb. 9, 2020 12:10 am Updated: Feb. 9, 2020 12:22 am

With PAM HAVERMALE

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... It was between a teacher and a journalist. I loved to write and play school. One of my grade school teachers asked me to tutor some of her students when I was a freshman in high school, and that made me fall in love with helping kids learn.

What would you rather be doing right now? Spending time with my grandson Hudson!

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I want to drive a NASCAR car, but I don't like watching NASCAR.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? There isn't just one -- whenever I run into a former student, and I still get a big hug from them!

It really stinks when ... we don't allow our little ones to be little. We are pushing them to grow up too soon.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Patient.

I always laugh when ... my kindergartners say something funny, and that is quite often.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My Grandpa Ed -- he was just a wonderful person, and I miss him. My Grandma Ruth because she died when I was young, and I would like to have known her better. My Aunt Jan because she was one of the sweetest, most sincere people I knew, and I miss her.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go home and relax.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... shy and quiet.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I guess I lead a boring life!

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to St. Louis to see Hudson.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... quit working with kids.

America should be more concerned about ... people that aren't professional educators making decisions that impact our educational system. We need people to understand what happens in the classroom on a daily basis making the decisions that will impact teachers and students.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... scarves.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... I don't spend a lot of time on the internet, but it would be Facebook to keep in touch with friends.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Smile even when you don't feel like it because your smile might make someone else feel better. My Aunt Jan gave me that advice.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Top 40.

I always get sentimental ... with most anything. I'm a pretty soft person.

The older I get, the more I realize ... my kindergartners have had it right all along -- spend your day with a smile on your face, laugh a lot and don't take life too seriously.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I don't know that I would have any. Each event in my life, good and bad, has made me the person I am today.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my HAVEStrength T-shirt. We had them made when my oldest son was diagnosed with cancer when he was 21. It was a tough time in our lives, but showed that our family could make it through anything. He was a fighter and made it through with strength and determination.

If I've learned anything at all ... Live moment to moment, and keep moving forward no matter what life throws at you.

Pam Havermale, 55, is married to Paul, has three sons and one grandson. She is a kindergarten teacher at Denman Elementary and has been teaching for 32 years. Havermale was born and raised in Quincy, but spent the first three years of marriage as an Army wife at Fort Campbell, Ky.