A Dream Mastered

A life-long passion for acting and a desire to teach led Wendy to pursue a Masters Degree. Read how this inspiring mother of three juggles parenting, working and studying to make her big dream come true.

Wendy Oltmanns

City / State
Ogden, UT

What was your big dream?
To obtain my Master’s degree and teach high school theatre.

How did you accomplish it?
I contacted high school drama teachers and asked if I could help out.

Where did you find inspiration to get started?
The principle at my children’s elementary school knew that I had directed at the high school level and had started community theatre. He informed me of a scholarship for those wanting to become teachers who already spent a lot of time at a school helping out. His belief that I would be a great teacher inspired me to even try to get the scholarship. Once I found out that I didn’t have to obtain a second Bachelor’s degree to teach and that I could move on to a Masters, I worked even harder to raise my grades so that I could be accepted. Because my original degree was a BIS, Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies, it was too varied for the school systems to hire me (although I had enough experience), so I wasn’t sure that I’d be accepted into the Master’s program, and had to appeal to the committee in charge to even look at my application. I guess my inspiration for the Master’s degree was my deep desire to run from a second Bachelor’s degree.

What motivated you to keep going?
Knowing that my career was in reach, that my family and friends supported me, that I would be good at teaching, and wanting to prove to myself that I could do it (even though I had many nights sitting in the car after classes just sobbing because at that moment I didn’t really think that I could).

What’s your next Big Dream?
Getting hired at Graduate level pay! Or just making it through summer classes…ugh.

When you were 5 what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mommy and an actress.

What about when you were 15?
An actress, and a marine biologist (Sea World trips can do that to you).

Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
A teacher, an actress, a director, and a wonderful mommy!

What book is on your night stand?
Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Educational Issues, by James Noll, 15th edition

What’s your Guilty Pleasure? (Grey’s Anatomy, Peppermint Mocha Lattes)
Reading for fun rather than doing homework, and eating chocolate while I read!

What song moves you?
“Trashin’ the Camp” from Broadways’ ‘Tarzan’…kids and I go crazy with this one!

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