It was like landing on the moon. The thought ricocheted through Joleena Malugani's mind as she took in the vast, dusty expanse of the corner of West Texas claimed by Midland and Odessa. Malugani was fresh out of college when she came across an Ector County Independent School District booth at a job fair in Oregon. The recruiter mentioned that there was an oil boom going on in the area and that the district needed teachers. Malugani was in a state with one of the worst unemployment rates in the country, her student loans would soon be due, and... More >>>
Joleena Malugani realized she couldn't afford to stay in a boomtown on her teaching salary.