A Former Nurse, Teacher Now Inspires Students To Get Into Medical Field

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Sharon Bradley has inspired thousands of students to get into the medical field as a health science teacher, but she wasn't always in the classroom.

Bradley worked in the Parkland Hospital emergency room for decades, was a flight nurse and medic before deciding she wanted to try something new. That's when she became a teacher at Naaman Forest School in Garland ISD.

She's been an inspiration in more ways than one.  

The 85 year old has never missed a day of work in her 26 years as a teacher! 

She says she often runs into her former students, who are now lawyers, doctors, nurses and some of them are teachers who now work beside her. 

"I think that's what keeps me going year after year. You never know what day you might be a positive influence on your students. Coworkers too! My coworkers say, 'If you can come to work at 85, I can too!'" she said. 

And at 85, there are still no plans to retire. 

"I would like to keep going as long as possible. It's a lot more fun than staying home," she said. 

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