Skyla Teel

Skyla Teel

EDITOR’S NOTE — Skyla Teel’s column, “Loving Life,” will run on the first Wednesday of every month on the Casa Grande Dispatch Valley Life page. The following is the first monthly column.

Happy New Year, Pinal County. My name is Skyla, and I’m pretty dang excited to have the opportunity to introduce myself and share some life tips with you this year.

There’s a chance I already know you, but if I don’t, just be warned, if I meet you I’ll probably ask you a lot of questions about yourself because I’m naturally inquisitive (some people would say “nosy,” but inquisitive sounds better so let’s go with that).

Here are some answers to the (nosy/inquisitive) questions you might have about me:

  • I was raised in Tucson and moved to Pinal County in 2000.
  • I am 40 years old and like all things pink and feminine, but also love to fish and love rodeo. I don’t watch sad movies, Dolly Parton is my hero, and I use bad words more than I should (I’m working on that).
  • I met my husband while we were in college; we were both on our school rodeo teams (Pima for me, Central Arizona College for him) and have been together ever since.
  • In 2001, we got married amongst the cotton fields on Sundance Farms in Coolidge and have been happily married ever since.

We have two daughters (12 and 14 years old), who have attended Casa Grande Elementary District schools since kindergarten and are polar opposites of each other (one is a huntress like her daddy, the other doesn’t like meat). Our girls are pretty awesome and are our No. 1 priority. We’re beyond proud of them and the great things they do, and we are thankful we get to be their parents.

That being said, let’s be real, they can be real jerks sometimes, but they’re cute jerks and we love them like crazy.

My husband and I come from families who value hard work, integrity and humor. Please take a lot of what I say with a smirk because I’m pretty funny. (See? That was me thinking I’m funny.) I have a lot of animals that I’m sure I’ll mention from time to time because they’re nuts and do odd things.

My husband and I both work at CAC. I’m a professor of reading and education and a rodeo coach and he is a professor of heavy equipment. We both love our careers because of the amazing people we have met throughout the years and especially because of our students. My students and rodeo team mean the world to me; I’m a HUGE Vaqueros fan!

In addition to my inquisitive side, I do like to help people solve life problems of all types (some people call this “bossy,” but I like “helpful” more, so let’s go with that).

I’m a habitual “fixer,” so if you don’t want me to offer a solution to something, it’s probably best not to present a problem to me. I like to write about how to live a happy life, how to get organized and some parenting/mom hacks to help people solve problems in their lives. I’m not perfect, and I don’t claim to be, but maybe something I say can help simplify your life, which will make you love it that much more!

This should give you a pretty good snapshot of my life, but if I missed something, please feel free to email me or message me on Facebook or Instagram.

Now I have a question for you. What would you like me to write about here? Home, family, parenting, relationships, organization, finances, time management ...? Give me some direction, Pinal County! Keep in mind, I’m only interested in sharing solutions to problems, I won’t be venting any personal rants here because we all see and hear enough of that every single day. Let’s make this our own happy place, deal? You can help with that, too! Maybe you, or someone you know, have the best life hack EVER and you’d like to share it here. If so, please email me your idea.


“Contributing writer Skyla Teel is a wife, mom, professor, rodeo coach and life coach. She can be reached at”

You can listen to an interview with Skyla on the PinalCentral Podcast "Off the Record."


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at