Sandra Rowell, 56, teaches at Harker Heights High, lives in Harker Heights.
Where are you from originally?
I am originally from Indiana; however, I was raised in Illinois and Georgia.
Are you married? Kids?
I am married to my wonderful husband, Bobby, of 38 years. We have one son named Devin, age 36. I also have one grandson named Gavin, age 11.
Why did you begin teaching?
I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people. I also needed a way to make a living in case something happened to my husband, who was in the United States Army.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 24 years.
When did you come to the area?
We came here twice. First time from 1982 to 1988 and then 1995 to present time. The Army kept sending us back here, so we thought we’d better stay.
Fort Hood was the only military base that felt like family. I cried when we would have to leave. I have a great church family and long time friends here.
What community work do you do?
I am the coordinator for the Temple/Killeen, Texas chapter of Project Linus (in addition to teaching high school English).
What do you like about Harker Heights?
I like that the people are usually genuine and friendly, always willing to help each other.
What do you dislike about Harker Heights?
The road work needs to get finished. I also witnessed a drive-by shooting years ago and that was pretty scary. The guys that did the shooting were apprehended almost immediately, so great police work, Harker Heights Police Department!
What is your favorite restaurant in Harker Heights?
My favorite restaurant in Harker Heights is Papa’s Café.
Where is your favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights?
Kirkland’s is my favorite place to shop at in Harker Heights because it smells good and it has plenty of nice things at affordable prices.
If you could bring something new to Harker Heights, what would it be?
I would bring a JoAnn’s Fabric store and a Tuesday Morning store.
Right now we have to go to Waco or Austin to JoAnn’s.
What is Project Linus?
Project Linus makes security blankets for ill and traumatized children.
What was the last book that you read?
The last book that I read was the Chip and JoAnna Gaines autobiography. I believe the name of the story was “The Magnolia Story.”
If you could change anything about your life, what would it be and why?
I would have taken better care of my health. I would have paid more money for good shoes so I might not have the feet, leg and joint issues that I have now.
What is your biggest reward/accomplishment?
My family is my biggest reward and accomplishment. Project Linus is up there also. We will hit our 30,000th blanket donated this month. We started in April of 1998.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in 10 years retired from teaching and focusing fully on expanding our Project Linus chapter.