Q&A: Cita King
Cita King, a graduate of Frederick High School, received a bachelor’s degree in elementary/special education in 1983 from Dillard University in New Orleans. She then earned a master’s in deaf education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and taught in Prince George’s County schools from 1985 to 2005, returning to Frederick as a teacher of the hearing-impaired and the Learning for Life program at West Frederick and Ballenger Creek middle schools. In 2008, she was selected as the assistant principal at Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School and two years later became its principal.
What do you remember about your first day of school? Do you still get excited about the start of classes? The one thing I remember was the feel of new clothes and the smell of a clean school building. Yes, I still get excited about the first day of school because the students are so excited to be back to school and I am so excited to see them again.
Having lived in Frederick most of your life, do you often run into former students? It is funny when I run into former students, since I worked at two middle schools and I have to remember which middle school I know them from. It is wonderful to see them all grown up and hearing what they are doing in the real world. There have been former students that have invited me to their college graduations. That was really special.
What are your interests and passions outside of being an educator? Spending time with my adult sons (Jay, 24, and Tyler, 19). We enjoy traveling and being out in nature. Camping and fishing is what they like to do with me. I don’t fish, but they keep trying to get me interested. I am also a big scrap-booker and love working for hours organizing pictures from my travels.
What’s the most important lesson you can teach a student? I teach students to never give up on a goal. There may be times when things may seem hard, but you need to persevere and work through those hard times. In the end, you will be so proud that you achieved your goal.
When you retire from the classroom one day, what are your plans? My retirement date is only two years away, so that is a question that I have begun to ask myself. I have not made a decision about when I will officially retire, but my plan is to possibly move to the college level and supervise administrative interns. My big dream is to change career paths and become a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines.