There are many free-spirited people that roam the halls of Gull Lake High School. However not all of them are students. Band and Choir teacher Floy Latham takes pride in herself knowing that she has enjoyed almost every day as much as she could.
“I am lighthearted,” said Latham.“I don’t take a lot in life seriously. The more experiences I have in life, the more I realize that life is too short to take ourselves too seriously.”
She has a couple of different hobbies and, aside from journal writing and the occasional home renovation, she is mostly preoccupied with raising her children to become “productive members of society.” Not to mention that Latham is a very busy lady, being not only a Band and Choir instructor, but a beginning guitar instructor as well.
“I have very little free time,” says Latham. “I include my family in a lot of the extra things that happen after school.”
She frequently brings her family to basketball and football games to help keep her home and career lives balanced.
“Little kids go to bed early,” she said, “so I pretty much don’t see them if I don’t bring them into the school.”
Although very young, Latham’s children have already become welcomed members of GLHS. Her family is very important to her.
Music is also an important aspect of her life.
“It’s not just my career,” said Latham. “It’s like breathing, if I’m not listening to music, I’m not existing at my fullest; I’m on life support.”
People who walk into Latham’s room will often find her singing or playing the piano or guitar or helping her band students. When asked what the theme song for her life would be, Latham pondered for a while, unable to think of an appropriate response.
Instead, Latham gave some insight into what she thinks is very important for everyone.
“The most important thing for people to learn is that they are in charge of their own happiness,” she said. “It’s nobody else’s responsibility but yours to be happy.”
As the interview view came to a close, Latham settled on the theme song of her life.
“Let’s put ‘Walking on Sunshine’ because that’s what I hope the theme of my life is, I’m just a ray of sunshine for everybody.”
Floy Latham is one of the free birds at GLHS. Those who don’t go down the performing arts hallways aren’t very likely to see her, but she is a very familiar and friendly face. She is not only a mother to her four children, but a mother to the students that come to her for guidance.
By Diamond Jones