By Madison Balboa

While growing up Maranda Redden was very confident about her idea to open a gym. She was big on fitness and passionate about a future as a personal trainer.  But later in life another path opened for her and she decided to study education at Stephen F. Austin State University and be a teacher. 

Redden and her family moved away from White Oak about five years ago and decided to move back in the summer of 2017.

“White Oak is a great community and a great school district.” Redden said. “Moving back to this community was my first choice for teaching. I had enjoyed teaching in Corsicana ISD and a similar position opened here.” 

Redden is a Special Education Inclusion Resource Teacher. She often helps students with a variety of learning needs. She is there to offer assistance to students with questions and/or skills they need help with.

“In my inclusion classes I go in and out of different classrooms and help students that may be struggling in certain areas like reading, English and math.” Redden said,”  In my resource class I teach a curriculum for students who need to be in a different setting than a regular classroom.”

During her free time she enjoying supporting the Roughnecks in any sports they are competing in.  She is often seen at football games cheering on her son from the stands.

“I definitely love watching football because both of my boys play,” Redden said. “We love being a part of this community and school district.”

Her favorite thing about teaching would be working with all of the students and feeling like she’s making a difference in their lives.

“I have been teaching for two years.”Redden said. ”I just love teaching and all the kids that I get to know while doing it.”