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Kristi Ford

Name: Kristi Ford

School and subjects taught: Rim Country Middle School, GEAR UP Intervention Specialist

College degree and major: Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching

Years teaching: Involved with the schools in Payson on the board and as hearing officer for over 15 years.

Why do you teach? Education is at the root of all success. Every child deserves the best we can give him. If I can help one child be successful, then the effort was not wasted.

Personal motto / words of wisdom: Don’t write off anyone. People go through many phases in life, and with a little patience, what is a struggle today may not be a struggle tomorrow. Never give up on a child.

Family: Mother of four children. Katie – 21, Nick – 19, Sean – 16, and Tyler – 5.

Pet peeve: When I see people get angry or impatient with elderly people in line at the grocery store.

Favorite hobby or leisure activity: Swimming or riding quads with my kids.

Person in history you’d most like to meet and why: Jesus Christ. It’s always good to get the answers straight from the source.

Why Payson? Dr. Ford came here to practice eye care 18 years ago, and as the practice grew, it only made sense to stop commuting from the Valley and move here.

In school, who was your favorite teacher and why? Without question, it was my Practice Teaching professor at Brigham Young University. He taught us that if more than 10 percent of your kids fail an exam, the problem is yours, and you better figure out what you did wrong and then correct it. He taught us that excellence in teaching only comes from constantly examining and refining what you are doing in the classroom. He also taught us that you won’t have all the answers, but when you don’t do something well, you can find someone who does, and ask them for assistance. His motto was, “The superior teacher is never satisfied with good enough. A child’s life is at stake.”

What was your favorite subject in school and why? I loved biology. Dissecting was a riot, and understanding the unseen world was exciting to me.

What was your favorite year in school and why? I really enjoyed eighth-grade. I started playing in the symphony, I was at the top of my age group on swim team, and I had adjusted to the new town we were living in. Life was pretty good.

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