Everyone Has A Story: Kathy Worley

by Rider McKenzie

I decided to interview West Hills’ own manufacturing teacher Mrs. Worley, this year.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a teacher?

A: In my second year of college I went all the way through high school planning to be a doctor. I hated organic chemistry and wanted to have a life. My passion was elsewhere and I changed majors prior to junior year to industrial arts. Doing sports and trying to get into med. school was tough.

Q: Why did you want to teach manufacturing?

A: I didn’t know I wanted to. I was asked to start a new pathway that East County wanted. It is fun most of the time.

Q: Do you enjoy teaching at West Hills?
A: Yes I do, it is different than when I taught at Mt. Miguel for 23 years. It helped me grow as a teacher and was new and exciting.

Q: What is the best part about it?
A: The students make it enjoyable the majority the time and each student is different and unique. I get to know many different personalities, every student’s own strengths and weaknesses, and what they’re capable of.

Q: The worst?
A: The students. When a student isn’t motivated and doesn’t care about doing their work, that’s when it becomes a discipline issue. Not the students who may have trouble. They try their hardest to fix it and actually learn. It’s the students that don’t give any effort that are the problem.

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Madam Secretary because the political discourse interests me, or shows like Cabin Masters and Barnhouse Builders, where I can maybe learn something and apply it.

Q: Favorite book?

A: The President. Not a best seller but a good book. I’ve held on to it over the years.

Q: Do you believe in ghosts?

A: Yes and no, it’s hard to get definitive proof. But there are some things out there that you can’t explain, so it’s hard to say.

Q: I understand that you were one of San Diego’s Teachers of the Year, this year. What was that experience like?

A: Yes, it was a lot of fun. A lot of activities, things like getting honored at Aztecs games, and getting free tickets. The mayor of Santee announced Kathy Worley day, and then a week after it was Kathy Worley day for San Diego county. A plaque at San Diego County Credit Union. It’s been really nice. Made my family really proud.

Q: How was the award show?
A: A lot of fun, wasn’t sure what to expect but was just like the Grammys or Oscars. It had entertainment, 10 groups of teachers and they choose 1 teacher from each group who each got to go to the semi-finals. It was nice. I had many family and friends come, and it was generally a good time.

Q: Coke or Pepsi?
A: Neither, Diet Cherry 7-Up is my choice.

Anyways, stay frosty, Wolfpack.