Occupying room C208 is English teacher Pamela Blades. Blades, a teacher at Manvel High School since 2007, has sculpted the essays and hearts of numerous of her students over the years.

“I enjoy learning, and I learn as much from the students as they do from me,” Blades said

Inspired by her seventh grade English teacher, Ms. Hemmins, she developed a love for literature early on in her life. After reading The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, she found a deep respect for literature.

“It was first piece of literature that taught me that there is a connection between what the story was about and something critical in the human condition,” Blades said.

In her classroom, she enjoys watching her students grow and become successful. This success, prominent in her classes, rises from Blades’s passion for learning and teaching. She plans to stay at MHS and continue teaching English.

“It’s very fulfilling that I can play a role in their futures that is significant, because the population that goes to college is not what is should be,” Blades said

Blades said she wants to stay because she loves what she does, and somebody would have to drag her out to make her leave.

“I feel like I’m doing what I was called to do, what I’m supposed to do, and what I love to do,” Blades said. “I often tell the kids ‘if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.’”

Story By: Marco Amaya

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