First person: Keeping things balanced

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Stacey Burdett is a real estate agent, an elementary school teacher and mother of two who likes to ride motorcycles.

Editor’s Note: National Teacher’s Day was Tuesday.

Stacey Burdett is in her first year at Barry Elementary, where she teaches fifth grade. Burdett, 40, a former stay-at-home mom, is also a real estate agent.

Balancing act: What it all boils down to is that it’s quality over quantity. Now that I work, I grasp every little moment with my children. When you stay at home, you might take advantage, you know, might be focused on the laundry or making dinner.

Balancing act II: I work as a real estate agent, kind of part time, as well as teach. This is my first year as a teacher. I get to make a difference in a child’s life. I have that opportunity every day. And as a real estate agent, I make people’s dreams come true. It’s fun. Of course, it can be stressful at times.

On teaching: I like it, it’s something new every day. Sometimes I just want to take the kids home with me. Kids come from so many different backgrounds. They are at different places at different times and that’s difficult.

Family trade: I come from a whole family of teachers so I wasn’t going to be one because everyone else was. But my kids went to school and I decided I wanted to.

On subject: I like teaching math and English. It’s fun watching the kids when they are struggling and something just clicks. We do a lot of different programs, a lot of hands-on and I like that.

Hobbies: My husband is a big motorcycle rider and a big pleasure for me is riding with him. And I love to watch my kids play sports.

If I could: I would take in all the unwanted children. I think kids are our future and I’d take them in just so tomorrow could be better.

— Compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Liliana Castillo