It was also bittersweet that we decided not to pursue that career change at this time.
During those weeks, I relived many of those years. Retirement will come soon enough, and I'm sure I will relive them once again - a life passing before my eyes. It is always interesting to reminisce I've put together a timeline of my educational career from the moment I left high school to the end of this school year.
Mr. Hoggatt begins working for his degree in Communications from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO). He takes classes to add a secondary teaching certificate to his degree program.
Mr. Hoggatt graduates from USAO.
Mr. Hoggatt completes his student-teaching requirements at Yukon High School and Mustang Middle School (Oklahoma) and receives his teaching credentials.
Mr. Hoggatt is hired at The Wilds, soon becoming the manager and education director for the outdoor park.
Mr. Hoggatt returns to USAO for a year to fulfill requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
Mr. Hoggatt becomes a fifth grade history and reading teacher at the Page-Woodsen Fifth Year Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Mr. Hoggatt transfers to Buchanan Elementary School in Oklahoma City, where he teaches gifted second graders in a room with no walls.
The principal encourages Mr. Hoggatt to teach a class of gifted first graders.
Mr. Hoggatt is thrust into a combination class of gifted first and second graders, "looping" with the latter. The staff nominates him to be the Teacher of the Year for Buchanan elementary, but he has too little experience to qualify by the district's standards.
Mr. Hoggatt earns a small grant for math manipulatives.
For the first time, Mr. Hoggatt teaches the same grade (second) in the same room for two years in a row.
Mr. Hoggatt is the lead teacher in the school when a terrorist explodes a massive truck bomb outside the federal building in downtown Oklahoma City (4 1/2 miles away). With the principal at a meeting, Hoggatt locks down the building.
Mr. Hoggatt joins his wife who has recently acquired an engineering job in Joplin, Missouri. On his second day in town, he is offered and he accepts a job teaching fourth graders at Cecil Floyd Elementary. The last half of his job interview is conducted in the storm shelter area of the school building as the area is placed under a tornado warning.
Mr. Hoggatt enters a classroom video in a local media competition and wins a monthly prize. Later the video, depicting a classroom cave, is selected as the grand prize winner for the year, earning the classroom $1000.
Mr. Hoggatt acquires his Master's Degree in Elementary Teaching from Pittsburg State University (Kansas).
Mr. Hoggatt's Earthquake! unit is selected as Pi Kappa Delta's Excellent Education Program of the year.
Mr. Hoggatt receives the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Golden Apple Award, nominated by students and their parents for the third time.
Mr. Hoggatt is chosen to represent Joplin Schools as the district's Teacher of the Year. He also represents the district as a nominee for the state Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Hoggatt is a nominee for Disney's American Teacher Awards.
Mr. Hoggatt's class website and blog wins the Missouri State Teachers Association award for having the Outstanding Class Website of the year.
Mr. Hoggatt teaches tornado safety to a fourth graders in Joplin, Missouri, two days prior to the town (including Hoggatt's school) being struck by a destructive EF5 tornado.
Mr. Hoggatt assists in coordinating disaster relief efforts with the church of Christ at 26th and Connecticut. When Summer School begins, he teaches fifth graders for the month of July.
Mr. Hoggatt travels to Atlanta, Georgia, to meet and observe teachers and students at the Ron Clark Academy.
Mr. Hoggatt completes five years as the president of the Joplin Teachers Association (local MSTA).
One of Mr. Hoggatt's homemade lyric videos wins third place at the annual PBIS film festival.
Mr. Hoggatt's class is featured in a two-part news report about soft skills. The report is the recipient of the Missouri State Teachers Association media award for the year.
Mr. Hoggatt is one of the 100 Alumni You Should Know for USAO.
Mr. Hoggatt will complete 28 years in education, with the last 23 in the same fourth grade classroom at Cecil Floyd Elementary in Joplin, Missouri.