Texas Tech University
Elementary and Special Education
Several of Chloe’s family members are in the medical field, so she didn’t initially have her sights set on teaching. She loved working with kids but thought she’d work in pediatrics or as a child-life specialist. She got her first taste of teaching while working in the children’s ministry at her church, and loved leading the group lessons. But she still wasn’t considering teaching as a career until her high school biology teacher made a significant impact on her and inspired her to follow in his footsteps.
Also while in high school, Chloe received a devastating medical diagnosis that stripped her of a bright athletic future. She had been a nationally ranked soccer player until she was sidelined by leg pain and weakness that worsened to the point she was confined to a wheelchair. Chloe learned she had a neuromuscular autoimmune disease. Her promising soccer career was over, and she couldn’t attend school, go to work, or participate in any of the volunteer activities that previously defined her. But she also believed it to be a blessing in disguise. During her battle and recovery, she gained a new perspective on what is most important in life, found an inner strength she didn’t know she had, and developed a deeper empathy for others facing physical, mental, and other challenges — all things she will bring to her future role as a teacher.
"Everybody deserves to have someone that believes in them. I hope to always be this person."