Mrs. Byars has been in education for 34 years, and has been part of the Timberwolf family for 24 years. I caught up with her this week to chat about her time in education, plus more! 

What led you to teaching? I always enjoyed children and thought it would be a great career. I always liked school when I was younger

Why are you so passionate about 4th grade? I love 4th grade because the students are very interested in learning and it seems like you can teach them so much about the world around them, and have such good conversations with them.

How do you spend your free time/weekends? Hanging out with my family at ballgames or horse events. I have a big extended family and we are all very close. Also, my husband and I have cattle, so that is something we take care of on weekends.

What is your favorite part of teaching? Getting to know the students and their interests. Also, knowing that you helped them accomplish goals that they set for themselves.

I love the people I work with and the friendships that come with it. 

How did you spend your summer break? I spent my summer watching my grandson play baseball. I spend a lot of my summer going to equine events. My family participates in rodeos and chuckwagon racing. It is just our way of life.

What inspires you? My students who may not have a “great life” outside of school, but come everyday with a positive attitude and a great work ethic. 

What’s the best thing about being a teacher? The friendships that you make with your students and their families that last a lifetime. 

If you were a Cedar Ridge student for a day, which teacher’s room would you wish to enroll in, and why? Well, I guess I would choose Mr. Cunningham’s ag class because I love everything about agriculture. It has always been a big part of my life, from row crops to livestock.

If you could take your students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would that be and why? There are so many places that I would love for my students to experience. Probably my first choice would be the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It’s just amazing that the Colorado River carved out the Grand Canyon thousands of years ago. We learn about the different national parks in the U.S. in social studies. 

If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be? I probably wouldn’t work. I would just be more available to help my family daily.