My Life, My Words: Tammy Alfrey — An education on the go
October 10, 2011
Clerk at Loaf 'N Jug
"I started working here this summer, in May, so it's been about five months. I like working here because I get to see everybody and visit with people from around town. I think we see more locals than out-of-towners. A lot of people like the location and we've got the gas thing with City Market, and a majority of people come for their discount.
"I've lived in Craig for about 30 years. I was born in southeast Colorado and my family moved me here when my dad came up here to work. I think fate kept me here. This is kind of a new journey in my life, being single, being alone, not having kids around.
"I've got two kids in college right now. My oldest is 21 and at (Colorado State University) and my youngest is 19 and in New Mexico. They're both doing wonderful. That's why I'm working here, to help pay the bills, plus I'm in college myself with Western Governor University. I have one class left and then I'll have my master's degree in special education. My bachelor's degree is in elementary education, so I'm certified for kindergarten through eighth grade.
"I got my associate's degree from (Colorado Northwestern Community College) and then got my bachelor's from WGU about five years after. The online classes were really great for a single mom because the kids could get to bed and then I could do my homework when I needed to. With WGU, you do the work at your pace, it's not like every Tuesday night you have class. I finished my bachelor's about five years ago when my daughter was a junior in high school.
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"I taught preschool for 17 years in Steamboat Springs. I had to drive back and forth every day. When they had that bus going out there, that was such a blessing. But, it was hard and I quit purely because I wanted to be with my kids. I worked for four years up at the high school, teaching special education while my kids were there. I needed to be their mom first. Then I started with WGU because it worked into my schedule really well.
"I love riding horses, camping, fishing. I fly-fish a lot. I try to get outdoors as much as I can, so I'm not looking forward to winter. I don't like to be inside, I don't have cable, I just like to ride my horses and fish. Fly-fishing is a lot more challenging than regular fishing, and drowning a worm is so boring. I got into it watching 'A River Runs Through It.'
"I love God, and He's my No. 1 priority. I go to Craig Christian Church and The Journey (at First Baptist) both. I was a youth leader for 10 years, but I've kind of backed off because I don't have the youth around anymore, so I'll let some of the other parents do that. My son says when he graduates, he wants to be a youth pastor, and my daughter spent two years at a Christian school, so it's important to all of us. It's really the most important part."
— Interview and photo by Andy Bockelman, For the Daily Press
Clerk at Loaf ‘N Jug