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Shelly Gibby Vidmar

Civil Engineering, Class of 1993
Math Teaching Assistant at a Charter School

The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling - Fabienne Fredrickson

Graduating from the Civil Engineering program has shaped my life.  I was able to work for the Utah Department of Transportation for 2 years focusing on Traffic and Safety.  A few weeks after starting my job, I had the best suprise of my life to find out that I was expecting my daughter.  I continued to work for the first year of her life while my husband worked on completing his own degree in Civil Engineering at BYU.

I was then a stay at home mom for 13 years, having three more children, until an opportunity to work with students struggling in mathematics came along.  Teaching students mathematics from the viewpoint of an engineer shows them the need to learn math deeply and well.  I have recently started working on my Masters of Arts in Mathematics Teaching so I can become a full time classroom teacher.  

While I do not necessarily "use" my engineering degree, it has led me to teaching.  Teaching has allowed me to have the flexible hours and schedule to be a mom first.  The Lord has truly blessed me by showing me the correct path at the correct time of my life.