Growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, so when I graduated from high school, I went off to college to get my BS degree in Elementary Education. Following graduation, I taught for about 3 years in Texas before deciding to move back to my home town of Moberly, Missouri. I did a lot of substitute teaching over the next couple of years, but once my daughter was born, I was a stay-at-home mom for a while.
When it became apparent that my daughter had an intellectual disability and I was suddenly a single mom, I knew that my patience had be reserved for her instead of a classroom of students. Because of this, my daughter and I moved to Columbia and I began working at a local bank. In 1984, Ralph Gates decided he was going to open Mid America Mortgage and he offered me a position. That was the beginning of my 34-year employment with the company.
I love working at Mid America Mortgage because I know that, in many ways, my love of teaching is still being put to good use. I enjoy being able to help the borrowers that I work with learn about what it takes to be approved for a loan and become homeowners. At Mid America, we pride ourselves in doing what is best for our borrowers and we take a personal interest in their homeownership journey.
I especially love having those first-time homeowners come back to me with their young children in tow, saying, “We need a bigger house! Can you help us again?” It isn’t always easy to get every loan approved, but I can guarantee you that at Mid America Mortgage, we will do everything possible to make it happen, all while keeping you informed along the way. That is what we believe is right and we will ALWAYS do our best to do the right thing for you!
So, it’s true: I have been working at Mid America Mortgage longer than a 30-year mortgage itself! Throughout the last three decades, I have loved helping people realize their dream of home ownership and I especially love that my job still allows me to be a teacher!