ZEPHYR — Deann Perkins will tell you she’s never been to work a day in her life.

Technically, that’s not exactly true: Perkins, a teacher and coach in the Zephyr school district, has worked in eduction for 33 years.

But Perkins loves her job to the point that she doesn’t consider it a job.

“I go to school,” Perkins said. “I love it. I love the kids. I love what I do.”

Perkins coaches girls basketball, boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country and helps with boys basketball. In the classroom she teaches seventh-grade English and reading, ninth-grade English and 11th grade English.

Perkins and her husband, Chad, are the parents of three — Codi, Cade and Chad. The family has been a big part of the Brown County Youth Fair.

Perkins grew up in Priddy, where she attended school and played sports. Her elementary school teachers, as well as a high school coach and an ag teacher, motivated and inspired Perkins to want to become a teacher and coach.

She attended Tarleton State University and graduated with an English degree. Her first teaching job was in the Zephyr school district, where she has spent her entire career.

She said a small school offers advantages including “individual attention. It’s easier to get that in a small school. It’s easier to create a family atmosphere,” Perkins said.

“You get to know them. You get to know the families.”

Perkins’ English students have won state awards with class projects, and last year the students won the 4-H Roundup with a silhouette program set to music in honor of Veterans Day.

Perkins said the favorite part of her job is “just watching the kids grow and succeed.”