Meet West Glades School's Teacher of the Tear

December 14, 2016 - January 12, 2017

Andrea Tindall was born in Charleston, SC, where her father was stationed in the service at that time.   He was then moved to Maryland, and she and her mom moved to Lake Worth, FL to spend the first four years of her life with her grandparents.  When she was four, her mom remarried and moved to Roseville, MI where she grew up and attended school, graduating in 1989.  In 1991, upon the passing of her nana, she came to live with an...d take care of her papa in Lake Worth.  In 1993, when her papa remarried, she moved to Labelle, where she currently resides.  She met the love of her life, Billy Joe, when she moved to Labelle, and they were married in 1997.  During all this time she was employed in the medical field, working in the office and doing billing and coding for a couple of different medical practices.  She and Billy Joe were blessed with one child, Windall, who was born on September 11, 2001, the day that changed most Americans lives.  She never dreamed that that horrible day would be the start of the most amazing journey she could imagine!  Looking into my baby boy’s eyes made her realize that she needed to do something to make the world a better place for him.  What better way to improve the world than to become a teacher and affect the lives and futures of our youth!         Andrea had previously taken some college classes in Michigan, so she went to Edison and took some placement tests to put her in the appropriate classes.  She was able to take to take most of her classes online, and before she knew it she had her AA degree and was ready to go after her bachelor’s degree.  She enrolled at FGCU and was able to get all of her classes on one day so she could still work at West Glades the rest of the week.  It was quite difficult leaving her two-year-old son to go to class, but she knew it would all be worth it in the end.  She was able to finish in two years and was very blessed to be able to get enough grants and scholarships to pay for almost everything. She was able to finish without any loans hanging over her head.  The only time it got a little bit scary was during the internship, because she had to stop working in order to intern.  Her proudest moment was having her husband, son, mother-in-law, and sister-in-law come and watch her graduate with honors, Summa Cum Laude!  Since then she has been at her home away from home, West Glades, continuing to learn from her students, fellow teachers and principals.  She loves teaching middle school students and she truly believes this is what she was put on this earth to do!

The Glades County School Board would like to invite you to celebrate Mrs. Tindall, and all of our outstanding educators, at our annual Golden Apple Celebration on January the 11th, at 7:00 pm, in the MHMHS Auditorium.