BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - Sheila Phipps is right at home in the classroom, and her students love her.
"She's really, really fun, and she lets us like color and stuff and she does experiments with us, said 6th grader Madison Young.
However, Phipps hasn't always stood at the front of the class. For years she worked in the business world. She had a good job, but it wasn't her passion.
"You really know what your hearts desire is, but until God makes some changes in your life we kind of get stuck in a place that is comfortable. sometimes we have to get uncomfortable to take on a new challenge," said Phipps.
When the economy crashed that change came, ready or not. Phipps got laid off from her job.
"It was devastating. it was devastating," she said.
Phipps looked at her options, and with the support of her family made the decision to go back to school to become a teacher.
"No matter how scared you are, if you have the right support system you can really do anything," said Phipps.
Now, she feels like she's where she was always meant to be.
Phipps won the weekly Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. The award comes with a $500 prize from the sponsor, The Kirby Kelly Law Firm.
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