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Valerie (Brousseau) Smith

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DARREN-12, MELISSA-10 

UNIV. OF PACIFIC, B.S. AND CREDENTIAL; ST. MARY'S COLLEGE FOR SPECIAL ED. CREDENTIAL. 

TEACHING AT VALLEJO SENIOR H.S. WITH LEARNING DISABLED STUDENTS 10 YEARS.  

FAMILY, NEW HOUSE AND JOB KEEP ME BUSY.  

MOST DEVASTATING-MY DIVORCE IN 1981; MOST LIFE CHANGING-HAVING 2 CHILDREN. 

ESTABLISHING AN ENRICHING, SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JIM (MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER), MY KIDS, AND BEING A DAMN GOOD TEACHER. 

CHAPARONED 40 H.S.SENIORS TO HAWAII; STILL HAVE THE CABIN AT LASSEN. 

TAKE A CRUISE TO ALASKA. 

5 times. I have been living in my current home since 1985 

Stockton 

University of Pacific, Stockton for BS in Humanities and teaching credential. St Mary's , Moraga for Special Education credential 

No 

First job while in high school was working at the Rheem and Orinda Theaters then Books Inc in Walnut Creek.  

I spent 34 years teaching of which 32 years were at Vallejo High School. I taught core subjects to mostly 11th and 12th grade students who had a variety of learning disabilities. Definitely a challenging population of kids but for the most part I loved working with them. 

Yes 

2010-06-10 

2 kids Darren 42, Melissa 40,
2 step kids Pam 53 and Randy 51 

5 grand children: Jimmy, 11, Oliver 7, Cameron 5, Amelia 3 and Violet 2. 

ZERO 

Europe and South America 

Germany 

Interesting question. Highlights are the wonderful fulfilling life events like marrying to my 2nd husband, Jim, watching my children become wonderful and successful adults and parents, having a loving relationship with my parents, being a respected and loved teacher and co-worker, maintaining long time and new friendships, traveling and learning and loving and laughing. However the events that changed my carefully planned out life and made me dig deep inside for strength, resolve, courage, understanding and wisdom, were a divorce, the death of my parents 24-hours apart, and the death of my beloved husband, Jim. I have managed to build a wonderful life the support of family and friends, 

I think teaching in an impoverished, ethnically diverse city high school for 32 years is a great achievement.  

I am not sure. I know more things about life now than I did in my 20's so maybe I would not have married the first time. I cannot say it was a mistake since my two wonderful kids came from that marriage. One thing I could have done differently...maybe travel more. 

Everyone has a story to tell. I want to listen.