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Hi I'm Haley

I am an Arizona native. I love to eat chocolate ice cream. I teach middle school math and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’m the second oldest of ten kids. I grew up in a home that had limited financial means. Neither of my parents graduated from high school and struggled to provide for such a large family. I knew at a young age that going to college was important if I wanted a better life for myself and my future family. I wasn’t the smartest kid in school but my family taught me to work hard. Because of my work ethic, I ended up earning the honor of being Valedictorian of my high school and had several scholarships to college. Unfortunately, a bad marriage took me off course from being able to achieve my dream of being a college graduate. After the divorce proceedings began, I enrolled in college again, this time as a single mother of two boys. Not only did I work full time and go to college full time, I was able to earn my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Now I have a career that I love and am happily married to a wonderful man.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was about one year old. I’ve pretty much been a member my whole life. I grew up going to church every Sunday and participating in all of the programs the church offered. Despite years of growing up in the church, my testimony didn’t fully develop until I was faced with a divorce. I wasn’t raised to believe that divorce was an option. Families are supposed to be forever. After 9 years of doing all that I could do to make the marriage a success, it was truly over. I felt that I had let my family down, my children down and that God would not love me anymore because of this failure. I was wrong. While I went through my nasty divorce, I felt the loving arms of Jesus around me. I had more inspiration as I prayed and begged for strength to make it through this difficult time. I received more blessings that I could count; blessings of health, blessings of being able to handle a difficult class load during night school, I was blessed to meet all of my financial obligations, I was blessed with safety, and the list goes on. The hand of God was never more present in my life than during my most difficult trial. I am so grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ. He lives. He knows who I am. He hears and answers my prayers. He loves me.

How I live my faith

I love working with teenagers. They are so spontaneous and energetic! They are so full of life and adventure. Not only do I get to work every day with teenagers in the middle school setting, I also work with teenagers at church. I’ve had the opportunity to teach Sunday School classes to various age groups of teenagers. Each year I’m able to teach a different section of scriptures. One year it is the Book of Mormon, another year it is the Old Testament, the next year it’s the New Testament and then it switches to the Doctrine and Covenants. The scriptures are exciting to me and I love helping kids learn to love them as much as I do. I also get to work directly with the young women who are age 16 through 18. Each Sunday I prepare a gospel centered lesson. During the week, I attend a weekly activity with the girls. The activity is a great way to get to know the girls outside of class. We play games, bake cookies, perform service for others, and learn new skills.