STEPHENVILLE (December 15, 2015) – At the end of the semester, Chamberlin Elementary counselor Vanessa Halford will walk out the school doors for the last time as an employee, but she’s sure to stay busy. She has worked at Stephenville ISD for the past 15 years and teaches as a psychology adjunct at Tarleton State University.
Halford is the mother of two children, Denton and Neely Halford, and is married to David Halford, who works at Hendershot. Denton is a freshman at South Plains College in Levelland, and Neely is a sophomore at Stephenville High School. Both kids rodeo, Denton for South Plains College and Neely for the Texas High School Rodeo Association.
“For fun I enjoy chasing my children!” Halford said. “[Retiring] is going to free me up to go watch them and be with them. That’ll be nice. Of course, I’m sure David is ready for me to be home and feed the cows for him, too.”
Rodeoing runs in the Halford family. After growing up in Abilene and graduating from Abilene Wylie ISD, Halford attended Western Texas College and rodeoed there. She then transferred to Tarleton State University. First, earning her bachelors of science in education, and later returned to get her masters of education in psychology and counseling.
“[David and I] met while we college, we both rodeoed here at Tarleton, married and decided to stay here,” Halford said.
Halford began her career in education teaching at a private school in Fort Worth. After a year, she transferred to teaching fifth grade at Granbury ISD. Working there until she got her master’s degree, Halford returned to Granbury after graduation as a counselor for over eight years.
In 2000, Halford came back to Stephenville, this time to help with the education of the community’s children. She began working as the counselor at Chamberlin Elementary that same year.
“I just enjoy the people I work with and the parents and the kids here,” Halford said of her time at Stephenville ISD. “I love my kids. My favorite part of the day is going up in the morning and telling them each good morning.”
After retirement, Halford plans on remaining active in the educational field by assisting and monitoring homeschool kids. She will be helping families with homeschool students to develop curriculum and keep structure in different environments.
“We will do leadership activities with those kids and also take them out and do some community service, field trips and things like that,” Halford said. “I’m excited to push myself in this new way while spending more time with my family.”