SIDE GIGS: KHS teachers showing their extra talents in extra jobs – PART I

HANNAH HEMPHILL and YAZMIN CARVER

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Entrepreneurism isn’t just for twenty year olds with no job, it can be people with a dream too. Some of our very own KHS teachers share this dream.

Spanish teacher, Heather Dennie, runs a business called Southern Miss Bowtique. She’s been making bows for six years now with one of her best friends. She makes bows for all ages and they are hand made.

“We make lots of hair accessories which include Cheer Bows, Baby Headbands, Over The Top Bows and No slip headbands,” says Dennie.

Her goal is to keep their business running as long as possible. One of their big focus items right now is online sales.

“As our business grows we want to use it to help others, and be a blessing in anyway we can,” says Dennie.

Another KHS teacher that has her own business is Kasie Valadez. Her business is called Andy Hodges Custom Bailing and Farm Services. In their business they cut and bale hay for a wide range of people, farms, ranches, and even other businesses.

I have been a part of this business for the past year and half,” says Valadez. With a business like hay bailing it’s hard to continue during the seasonal changes.

“From late March through early April until middle of November we are usually busy trying to get people’s hay baled,”  says Valdez.

Moving is hard too because building a customer base and loyalty takes time and often over the course of many years.

Yearbook and journalism teacher, Sean Chaffin, is not only a yearbook and journalist teacher but a journalist in real life. Chaffin works as a freelance writer; pitching ideas for articles, magazines, and other publications. He writes about news events, traveling, poker, and gambling.

“I always kind of get a rush making a sale and getting paid for it simply using my mind,” says Chaffin.

He started out as a newspaper reporter out of Texas A&M and owned a weekly newspaper for five years before going into teaching. He has been freelance writing for the last 10 years.

“One of my best stories was published in the Dallas Observer in November 2014 and was a 4,000-word investigation into a massive underground sports betting ring that had processed billions of dollars in bets and was based right here in the Dallas area,” says Chaffin.

The thing about the writing Chaffin does is that you can do on your own time and anyone can freelance write. One of the bad things about freelance writing is that you have to get over the fear of rejection.

“Once I got rejected for an article after waiting for six months to hear from the magazine, says Chaffin. “I normally wouldn’t wait that long, but it was a shot at a really nice magazine. I was disappointed, but sold it within 30 minutes after that for $1,500.”

Some teachers’ side jobs and businesses may be a little more extreme than these. History teacher, Jason Feller, is a security guard at  American Airlines Center which we go to more detail in part 2 of this story.

Check back next Monday for Part II.

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  1. Mrs. Lambert on March 23rd, 2016 11:32 am

    Very interesting article!
    Thanks, Hannah and Yazmin!!

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SIDE GIGS: KHS teachers showing their extra talents in extra jobs – PART I