CTE Month: Oliver carries family tradition, helps students find their path

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“I want to help them find their path, whether or not it’s in education, design or interior design,” Oliver said. “I hope to expose them to enough of the world that they can find and do what makes them happy.”

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Coming from a family of educators, Monica Oliver never realized that she’d help carry on the tradition until her strong family values took her to the classroom.

“I’ve always been interested in what makes a family function,” Oliver said. “I never thought I’d become an educator until I was choosing my major and realized there was a degree plan that fit that interest. After that, I began student teaching and realized this is where I belonged.”

Teaching for nine years, Oliver is currently a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Round Rock High School. The subject of her classes can vary from design and sewing to practicum experience in education strategies.

Her classroom goal is to give her students the opportunity to not only develop as people and future citizens, but for them to find their path.

“I want to help them find their path, whether or not it’s in education, design or interior design,” Oliver said. “I hope to expose them to enough of the world that they can find and do what makes them happy.”

Oliver also shares with her students that part of the growing process is making choices and mistakes. She hopes her students understand that a mistake does not define them and is an opportunity for further growth, she said.

One of the next ventures for Oliver’s class is the purchase of a professional embroidery machine. With the purchase of the machine, she hopes to align services with the campus store to allow students and community members to purchase embroidered goods and provide students with real-world experience.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]