The three Mauldin sisters spent hours as children in Rock Hill pretending to be teachers and reading aloud to their imaginary pupils, oftentimes dolls.
They helped their mom pin up her classroom bulletin boards and watched her make lesson plans. She told them about their family's legacy in education; their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, two aunts, an uncle and cousin all found their calling in a school.
It's little wonder they grew up to be teachers and best friends. But they've spent most of their professional lives separated by hundreds of miles, working in different schools.
This year, life had a surprise for the Mauldin women. The tight-knit trio is together, all teaching in the same place for the first time. Jodi Dangerfield, 33, teaches second grade at St. Andrew's School of Math and Science in West Ashley; Lindsay Graham, 31, teaches third; and Taylor Mauldin, 24, teaches first.
"It has been this wonderful, fabulous experience," Dangerfield said. "We're so lucky to all be together."