Getting to Know Mrs. Cejda – NEW UPDATES!

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Mrs. Cejda (top right) working alongside Mrs. Hoffmann (top left)

Kiah Bassinger – 1/22/20


The last time we interviewed Mrs. Cejda was September 20th, 2017, but a lot has changed since then. We have updated her article and here it is! Mrs. Cejda has two children, the youngest has since moved from Ireland to Columbus, Ohio. Her oldest child still lives in California and is two years into their masters degree. Mrs. Cejda and her husband will be married for 27 years in August 2020. She has been teaching for 24 years, and she enjoys biking, going to the movies, and traveling. We asked her if she was on a deserted island and could only bring three things, what would she bring? She responded with, “A book on native plants to see what’s safe to eat, a container to catch fresh water, and a tarp to make shade because I sunburn so easily.” Mrs. Cejda also said that her and her husband just recently bought a new house. 


By Clara Kendrick


Books over TV?

Mrs. Cejda’s favorite book genre is horror because she loves to scare herself. She likes to read a lot because her parents read a lot and she didn’t have cable TV when she was little. Instead of watching television, she would go to the library with her family and read for fun. Mrs. Cejda’s dream job as a kid was to be coroner, but she says she would still rather be a librarian if she was offered the job.


Family of Four

Mrs. Cejda’s biggest accomplishment is raising two amazing successful kids. She says her kids are fabulous, smart, funny, and brave. They both got to study abroad, the youngest in Ireland now and oldest in California. They are definitely not scared of going out in the world, and have done things she never did when she was a kid. Her family is “amazing”. She has a husband of 25 years and two kids.


Irving Aardvarks!

Mrs. Cejda’s favorite motto about teaching is “We are all born to learn”.

Her favorite thing about Irving’s kids is that there are so many differences, yet everyone gets along. “Plus none of them would lick the carpet like my kindergarteners”, she remarked.

She has been teaching for 21 years. She says she loves teaching at the middle school level and loves to help all kids find a good book to read. Mrs. Cejda enjoys being a teacher because she says kids crack her up keep her young. She loves to be around kids every day.

In the 60’s and 70’s, girls weren’t given soccer teams. She tells girls today to remember how hard it was to get to be able to do those things and how far the we’ve come.

To kids with older siblings she says that you don’t have to be perfectly alike. Just because you are related doesn’t mean you have to be the same. Mrs. Cejda and her big sister are so different.

She says that when she was in middle school, they didn’t have technology so they didn’t have so many problems with it including cyberbullying. “The world was smaller”.


Outside of School

Mrs. Cejda’s hobbies outside of school are: working out, riding her bike, kayaking, and going to the movies. She loves to listen to Michael Jackson and Prince. “70’s funk is my groove!” she said.

When she was in middle school she was picked on a lot, but she had a small group of amazing friends. She still communicates with two of them, but on social media. She got compared to her sister a lot, which was bad because they were so different. She thinks that high school is better because her and her sister went to different schools.

Wilma Daddario, Mrs. Cejda’s mom, is her biggest inspiration. She would always fight for girls to do what they wanted. She fought so that Mrs. Cejda could play soccer because there was no girls soccer team. She taught Mrs. Cejda that girls could do whatever they wanted to do and be what they wanted to be. She is one of the funniest, smartest people that Mrs. Cejda knows.

Mrs. Cejda says that she failed at a lot of things, especially snowboarding, which was the only thing she tried and never tried again so she just went back to skiing. The other things she failed at she said she usually gets up and tries it again until she figures it out.

Mrs. Cejda was asked, “If you could bring 3 things to a deserted island what would you bring?”. The first thing she would bring is a duffle bag full of books, including a couple on safe plants to eat. The second thing would be sunscreen, because she wouldn’t survive without it. The final thing is a pot to boil water so she would have clean water.


Research Team:

Lexi Barrett and

Cadan Kontos

Images courtesy of Sage Gibson