Teacher Spotlight: Tami Herriage

Sayler Beerwinkle, Editor

“I believe with all my heart that God lead me to teaching.”  teacher Tami Herriage said. 

Tami Herriage is the 3rd grade math teacher. She moved to the Springlake area when she was in second grade and graduated from S-E. Her parents are Arden and Nancy Field. She also has three siblings, Christy, Kim and AJ. Mrs. Herriage married James after graduating from Texas Tech University. They have two daughters, Samantha and Braylee, and one granddaughter, Adelynn. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, taking pictures, growing flowers, and reading.   

Mrs. Herriage started teaching in 1992. 

“I started teaching in Hart,” Herriage said. “And that’s when I fell in love.” 

In 1996, she was in a tragic car accident that paralyzed her from the waist down.  

“I went back to teaching as soon as I could,” Herriage explained. “I taught in Hart for 10 years, and I’ve taught for 14 years at S-E, 6 in junior high, 8 in 3rd grade.”  

Before becoming a teacher, she had a different plan for her future. 

“I always wanted to be a lawyer growing up,” Herriage stated. “But when I went to Tech, I got a scholarship to the College of Human Sciences, and I had no idea what classes to take in that college to help me be a lawyer.”  

I believe with all my heart that God lead me to teaching.”

— Tami Herriage

She then started working at a day care and also took child development classes.  

“From there, one thing after another fell into place, and becoming a teacher just seemed to happen,” Herriage said. “I chose elementary because I love being silly and little kids love that.” 

Senior Katy Jones admires Mrs. Herriage and her determination.

“She is a really good person,” Jones added. “Anyone would be lucky to have her in their lives.”

If Mrs. Herriage could do anything else, or even after she retires, she would love to travel, be a florist, photographer, or read aloud books for Audible. 

“I would love to travel the world and do a blog for others in wheelchairs who also want to travel.” Herriage mentioned.  

Even though she has an idea of what she wants to do after retiring, she is still happy where she is.  

“I LOVE Springlake-Earth,” Herriage said. “And am so happy to get to teach where I grew up.”