Angela Wrigglesworth dubbed Klein ISD elementary Teacher of the Year

Angela Wrigglesworth dubbed Klein ISD elementary Teacher of the Year

Cypress Creek Mirror | May 10, 2012

Teaching wasn’t always Angela Wrigglesworth’s career goal. In fact, she likes to joke a fluke incident in college “railroaded” her into becoming a teacher.

Wrigglesworth was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when she was 16-months-old and has been wheel-chair bound nearly all her life.

During her first year at Texas A&M, she planned on getting a degree in business, which included several classes on the other side of campus from her dorm.

One day on her way to an accounting class, she was crossing a set of railroad tracks with a group of students when her wheelchair came to a dead stop. The electric current that was caused by a train that had just passed short circuited her chair mid-way through the tracks. After several minutes of panic and offers by students to help carry her extremely heavy wheelchair out of harm’s way, the chair turned back on. It was in that moment, however, that she vowed to never cross those tracks again.

“Life can lead us down so many paths, and in this particular case, my situation literally put me stuck on some railroad tracks and really changed the direction of my life,” recalled Wrigglesworth.

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