I had a career as a high school math teacher, was Educator of the Year for 2011. I had a nice house in the suburbs. I was successful, driven and ambitious, leading the way in the education. I received a phone call on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, around 3:45 pm, that changed my life forever. My mom called to tell me my Dad died! It was the first time in my life where I stopped living my life. This was the first time I was able to listen and to hear what God had to say to me. I had been searching for God and how to get know Him all my life. The death of my Dad catapulted my need and my desire for my relationship with God through Jesus Christ. On August 2013, I finally fell before the Holy God and admitted I was a sinner worthy of Hell. Since that day, I gave up my career and sold my house to live my life for the Lord. The Lord Jesus has laid on my heart message after message to share with family and friends. There is nothing typical about my story. I will say you will have read for yourself to see and experience how Jesus used my pride and arrogance and changed me into He wanted to be for His glory! It is a supernatural experience worth sharing with all who will listen.
I grew up in the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas that had a population of roughly 5,000 people. I have been a teacher since I was 12 years old. I started playing the piano at the age of 6. My forte in high school was mathematics. Mathematics came easy to me, and I helped my friends with their homework. My first passion was music, but I soon realized that by majoring in mathematics would make me be more marketable with a degree in mathematics verses a degree in music
My first teaching job was in Fort Worth, Texas, at South Hills High School. I completed my graduate work at the University of Central Arkansas in August 2005. In 2006, I took a position as an instructional specialist at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth, TX. In 2008, I took a position as a lead content teacher at Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth, TX.
I taught at Little Rock Central High School from 2003 to 2006. In the summer of 2008, I moved to Garland to teach at Garland High School. In 2010, I was given the opportunity to be Program Administrator for Project Educating and Diversifying to Grow Exponentially (EDGE). In September of 2011, I was unanimously selected as the 2011 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year. This was the first time in my entire teaching career that I had been recognized for my efforts as a teacher.
But my world came crashing down on October 5, 2011. My mom called to tell me my Dad died! What do you mean Daddy died? I was in denial and soon thereafter the emotions came. This was the first time in my career I put everything on hold and had to STOP! In 2012, I met the woman who soon became my best friend and introduced me to the Christian lifestyle. My life slowly started to pick up. I decided to make some changes in my life. I was a published author and a public speaker; I had a new best friend. I even started to go to church. A new circle of friends was a breath of fresh air. Instead of just going to work and going home, I was actually enjoying my life and the people that I was around.
In 2013, I decided I wanted to do something special for my 34th birthday and went on a singles cruise. It sounded like a great, relaxing and enjoying vacation. I met the nicest guy ever. The events that happened after this changed my life forever!
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“Authentic and transparent” Dr. Tracy Bishop-Kiernan