Who Am I?
I’m someone who’s done a little bit of everything!
I started working when I was 9 or 10 years old. A friend of the family had a moving company and my brother and I worked for him. During the summer, my brother mowed and I raked and bagged the grass. In the fall, I raked leaves, and in the winter, I shoveled snow.
And of course, I was the neighborhood babysitter.
Before I graduated high school, I had been a carhop at a drive-through, a short-order cook, and a nurse’s aide in a nursing home. I’ve been a cashier at a grocery store, worked in a clothing store and a shoe store, served as assistant manager at a convenience store, worked at a check processing center, and then at a bank. Then I became a mother and decided to further my education.
Somewhere in the middle of holding down all those jobs, I made time to go to business school and earned a degree as an executive assistant. Then I decided to go to college and earned an associate’s degree in psychology at a local community college.
I wanted to go further, but decided that it was more important to devote my time to my young son. I home-schooled him using all the texts I’d saved from grade school, junior high, high school and college.
I was one of those kids who loved school. Every year I would ask my teachers if I could keep my school textbooks, and every year, they would say yes. My son participated in Boy Scouts and sports so he would be well-rounded. I found jobs that allowed me to take him with me. I was a school bus driver and once took a seasonal job foaling mares. Watching and helping horses give birth was an amazing learning and life experience for both me and my son.
Photo Courtesy Teresa Borum
As my son entered junior college, I worked as a limo driver and then for the local university as a bus driver to help supplement his small college grants. I continue to serve as a bus driver for a company under contract with the City of Norman.
Over nine years of driving buses, I’ve worked with people from all walks of life— from the homeless, to the disabled, to those who park their cars and take the bus to their office jobs in downtown Oklahoma City.
I grew up lower-middle-class in America. I know what it’s like to only have hand-me-downs from another generation to wear. I know what it’s like to go without electricity when your parents don’t have enough money to pay the bill. I know what it’s like to brush your teeth with baking soda because there’s no money for toothpaste. I know what it’s like to scrimp and save. I know what it’s like to work hard to better your situation.
Through hard work and frugal living, I now own two rental properties and as a result have also learned to be an electrician, a plumber, a sheet rocker, a painter and an all-around handyman.
I know what it’s like to own a business. I also know what it’s like to sacrifice for the ones you love…and I love this city. I love its people and would love to earn your vote and serve you.
Any donations of time or money to protect our children and neighborhood would be most welcome.