by Deborah McGhee, Waurika High School
One early morning trip to the bathroom and 60 seconds later, a girl’s life can change forever.
Such was the case for Jaime Harness, a college senior who knew what she wanted to do with her life, become a foreign war correspondent after graduation–not a mother.
Little did she know, three months later at the age of 21, she would be Mrs. Tanner Weston, happily married, and eagerly awaiting the birth of her first child.
Like most young couples, the Westons struggled financially, so a pregnant Jamie Weston decided to find a job to fulfill a lifelong dream of having an exciting career.
“I found a job as an advertising executive with a cablevision company owned by the Washington Post,” Jaime Weston said. “The company changed the personnel policy so I could be hired since I was pregnant.”
At yearly conferences, the employees mingled with the networks stars.
“I have flown in Dr. Phil’s jet, ridden in the Cash Cab and met Chop of “King of Cars,” Jamie Weston said.
At times the job was enjoyable, but the longer she worked for the company, the more she felt like she was going through the motions.
“I always felt like something was missing,” Weston said.
When she was pregnant with her second child, her husband became the manager of an inspection and recertification company, which allowed her to be a stay-at-home mom.
To raise money for family vacations, Jamie Weston began to use her Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Mass Communications and her Master’s in Human Resources Management to become an adjunct professor at Murray State College teaching Comp I and II.
After doing this for five years, she became frustrated because her college students couldn’t put sentences together and decided to teach high school students.
“I always liked writing,” Jaime Weston said. “In fact, I wrote a movie for my senior project in college. I also have about 10 books which are about half way finished.”
Since her passion is reading and writing, teaching them makes sense for her.
“Pregnancy changed everything in my life, but I am so glad it did,” Jaime Weston said.
Weston has been married for 12 years and has two sons, Walker, who is 6, and Dalton, who is 11. She lives with her family in Sulphur, Okla. The boys attend school in Davis, Okla. and are active in football and baseball. Weston teaches AP Language and Composition, English 3, Journalism I and II and is the adviser of the online student newspaper, Cougar Call at Ada High School in Ada, Okla.