Name: Carmelita Locke
School and subjects taught: Frontier Elementary, fifth-grade.
College degree and major: Bachelor’s in elementary education, master’s in education leadership.
Years teaching: 33
Why do you teach? There is absolutely no way to get bored! Every day is a new experience and what a thrill when the light bulb goes on and a student “gets it!”
Personal motto / words of wisdom: Attitude is the mind’s paintbrush, it can color any situation.
Family: Husband, Henry and son, Joshua.
Pet peeve: Those who say “I can’t” or try to convince others not to try.
Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Right now, I would have to say quilting. I am a novice, but definitely spending a great deal of effort.
Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Agatha Christie: I am an avid fan. Her intelligence, humor and observations of life intrigue me.
Why Payson? I came here for my first year of teaching. After leaving and teaching for three years in the Valley, my son was old enough for kindergarten and I wanted him to have the advantages of a small town and the excellent teachers in Payson, so I returned.
In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Mr. Lowe, my high school math teacher was definitely my favorite. He was strict, had high expectations of his students and his style of teaching suited me.
What was your favorite subject in school and why? Chemistry was probably my favorite, simply because I loved learning how things are put together, what they are made of and how they change.
What was your favorite year in school and why? School was always a favorite place to be, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be my senior year in high school, where we had so many culminating experiences like publishing the school newspaper and yearbook in journalism, playing a lead in the musical, performing in honor choir at Grady Gammage in Tempe, the excitement of applying and getting accepted into college and of course, graduation. It was the final stepping stone before jumping into life.