Jacquelyn Youngerman juggles between teaching Spanish and taking care of her one-year-old daughter, Lillian. When she’s not busy teaching or parenting, she enjoys cooking.
Q: Where did you teach before Tigard?
A: I taught in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri.
Q: How come you bounced around between schools a lot?
A: Well, generally because my husband was in the military[…] that’s why we moved basically. So when he switched jobs in the military, I had to switch schools.
Q: What has been your favorite experience teaching at Tigard so far?
A: My favorite experience in two weeks… well, everything’s been fantastic first of all, but I really enjoyed the pep rally. I thought that that was very well-planned and super entertaining. I thought that was fun, and the football game was really cool because it was really fun to see all the students dressed up and supporting their team and having a good time. So that was fun[…] My last school did that, but before that I never knew any schools that would dress up other than ‘school spirit.’
Q: When did you realize that teaching was your passion?
A: When I was applying to colleges, I kind of wanted to be a teacher but I kind of wanted to be a doctor, and I thought it’d be easier to get into school if I went to be a teacher which ended up being not true at the school that I went to; but I figured I would be in education until I didn’t like it anymore, and then I would go into pre-med. But then I liked it from day one, so basically, since I was 18.
Q: What college did you go to?
A: Vanderbilt[…] in Nashville.
Q: Why did you move to Oregon from wherever you taught last?
A: I taught last in Tennessee, and I moved here because my husband graduated with a degree in business and got a job out here with Intel. So we came here for him to work at Intel.
Q: How do you like teaching at Tigard High School so far?
A: It has been fantastic. The students have been great so far; I like that it’s a big school and there’s a lot going on. So, it’s been fun.
Q: Who has had the greatest influence on you in your life?
A: Probably my mom. Just because she was[…] a single parent. So she knew what was really tough in her life and didn’t want that for us, so she pushed us really hard to be the best that we could be. And I wouldn’t have done a lot of the things that I did if she hadn’t.
Q: What have you done besides teaching Spanish?
A: In high school and college, I was a lifeguard and taught swim lessons. But as an adult, that’s the only thing I’ve done.
Q: What is something you enjoy doing other than teaching?
A: Baking and cooking.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to bake?
A: My favorite thing to bake is s’more cupcakes and strawberry rhubarb crisps.
Q: If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing now?
A: Well, I don’t know. I thought about being a yoga instructor but apparently they don’t make any money at all.
Q: Where’s a place you’ve dreamed of living?
A: Probably Texas[…] I really like tacos, speaking Spanish, and warm weather.