First person: Ingram retires after 44 years of teaching

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis High School science teacher Peggy Ingram looks forward to traveling and reading.

Peggy Ingram of Clovis has been a teacher for 44 years.

She is retiring from Clovis High School, where she teaches anatomy, physiology and biology, at the end of the school year.

Planning for the future: It’s time for me to retire. I’ve got a grandbaby coming in August. I’m looking forward to being able to be there. I’ll keep my part-time job at Clovis Community College. I teach anatomy and physiology there too. I love to travel and read and I’m looking forward to having time to do that.

Quest for knowledge: I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher. I always loved school and loved learning. I didn’t really think about doing anything else. I’d even play school when I was girl. I’d play the teacher.

Settled in: I’ll be staying in Clovis, it’s home now. I’ve lived here since 1972 when I met my husband and I moved here. I was born in Wichita Falls, Texas. I went to school at West Texas State University. I started teaching in Amarillo, taught in Texico for a year and then came to Clovis.

Traveling woman: I was fortunate to sponsor students on trips to Europe. It gets in your blood. Zermatt, Switzerland, was one of my favorites. But I also like Paris, London and Rome as well. I really like Europe. You get to see the different cultures. It was always neat to see sights I saw pictures of in textbooks and I never thought I’d see. There are a lot of places in the U.S. I want to see that I will be able to now. I want to go to New York City, Washington, D.C., again and Alaska.

Looking back: I think my favorite thing was just the interactions with the students. And when you’re trying to explain something and they “get it” and you can see it in their face. I’ve always loved my subject matter and I enjoy sharing it. I hope they get excited about it as well.

Science lady: So much of science has to do with their own bodies and environment that it’s so important to everyday life for everybody. And it teaches you to have evidence for your thinking, like the scientific lady.