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It's hard to believe it's been since October 9th that I've posted something.  The time has certainly gone by fast.  Since my last post, I've completed my lunches with students.  Now I can claim to know everyone's name in the school.  For some I have to think a little harder when calling their name.  


Mrs. Price, leading our 3rd graders in one of three songs in our
our Veterans Day Program on November 11th

Our Veterans Day Program was a huge success.  We appreciate all the hard work that Mrs. Price put in to prepare our students to sing.  They sounded wonderful.  Also, it was great to have a "local celebrity" come to speak to us.  Doug Currin came to speak to both our students and vets, giving students a perspective of what veterans have to go through when they are deployed.  We had 95 veterans come to enjoy the program.  I think that is a record for us.  We really appreciate all that they have done for our country.

Doug Currin, news anchor for KCEN, came to speak to
our veterans and our students at our Veterans Day
Program on November 11th
We, as educators work pretty hard for the time we're here.  My Uncle Richard used to bug me because he said that we only worked nine months out of the year.  And there is some truth to that, but we put our 12 months in during a nine month time frame.  Teachers use much of their time on the weekends planning for their classes.  Each night they take home papers to grade while sitting in front of the television.  We have some who welcome phone calls to assist the students in their homework.  Our teachers here are dedicated to get the job done well.  So when I speak of having a week off for Thanksgiving, while it IS a luxury to that that time off, it is a welcome break for our teachers who put in so much to bring our students a quality education.  I am thankful for what I do and I know I was destined to be an educator, even though there were no educators in our family, going back generations.  

As we enter December, rest assured that your students are being taught well.  Thanks for helping us out in the educational process.  You are all so supportive of what we do here.
     I've been in education a long time...since 1980.  If you count up the years, you will realize that I have many years "under by belt."  I enjoy coming to work everyday.  Being with 8, 9, 10, and 11 year olds keeps me young at heart.  I'm in the middle of my quest to get to know students' names and something about each.  I've eaten lunch with 15 groups of students (That's 90 students).  I look forward to my "lunch dates" because I can talk silly with the students, finding out things about each of them.  We play a game together - in which I usually lose - so students know there's a softer side to me.  I want students to know me as one who cares for them and has high expectations.  I've got a few more "lunch dates" ahead of me that I'm looking forward to.

     I think about what I do and I'm so blessed to be where I'm at.  First, I'm blessed to be an educator.  As a teacher I formed many close relationships with colleagues and students.  I've had the opportunity to positively influence many in their lives.  Also, I'm blessed to be here in Lorena.  I enjoy seeing students who really want to learn every day.  It's also fun to see those whom I have had in past years doing well in the middle and high schools.

     Once in a while I hear from an ex-student and am pleased by what they are doing in their lives.  I will be reflecting on some of my success stories in the next few blogs.  My first is Mary:

MARY:  Mary was a girl I had in class when I was teaching 4th grade.  She lived in a poor neighborhood with many family members living in her house.  She came to school with an "attitude."  Much of her attitude focused on her not caring about her school work.  She didn't try at her assignments, she acted like she wasn't interested in my lessons, and she had no goals to improve.  She was determined to "skate by."  I challenged each of my students in a different way.  With Mary, my goal was to get her to WANT to succeed.  I would go above and beyond to make her laugh, to pay attention to her, and to brag about her progress that I saw.  It took a long time for my to "break through" with her.  It was in February of that year.  We had taken a lengthy test, preparing for the TAAS test.  Like any standardized test, it took a lot of effort.  When I graded her test, she got a passing grade.  The next day I went up to her and looked her in her eyes and said, "Now I got you!!"  She smiled as I told her results.  Her "won't" turned in to a "will" and she made more progress after that.  After about five years after I started here at Lorena ISD I heard from her in an email.  She told me how much she appreciated me and that she was doing well in high school.  That was the last I heard from her, but I was so encouraged about her progress and it made me feel so good that I made a difference in her life.
     We're nearing the end of our third week of school and I do believe we're all getting settled in.  Procedures are overwhelming for many of our students, especially our new students.  As for our 3rd graders, I'm proud of how well they're adjusting to their new environment.  

     Not only do we have new students, but we have some new teachers this year.  The following are those who are serving your students in Lorena for the first time:

1) Jessica Price:  Mrs. Price is our new music teacher.  She comes to us from Corsicana.  Both her and her husband have musical background. Mrs. Price teaches all three grades here at the elementary.  She also is the middle school AND high school choir teacher.  

2) Stacy Isom:  Mrs. Isom is our new 4th grade teacher.  Mrs. Isom teaches Reading and Science.  She comes to us from the Robinson school district.  She has been teaching for many years and is a very enthusiastic teacher.

3) Camille Talbert:  Mrs. Talbert joins the 3rd grade team.  She teaches all subjects, since the 3rd grade is self-contained.  She also comes to us from the Robinson school district.  She is a positive and high-energy teacher who also has many years of experience teaching.

4) Laurie Steinke:  Mrs. Steinke joins our special education team.  She joins Mrs. Burton to assist students in need.  Both her and Mrs. Burton go into classes to co-teach with our classroom teachers.  Mrs. Steinke is a very positive and cooperative person who understands the needs of our students.  We're fortunate to have her on our staff.

5) Marisa Leidenfrost:  Mrs. Leidenfrost is our new paraprofessional who works with our Life Skills students.  She has worked for us last year extensively as a substitute teacher.  She was a regular presence on multiple campuses last year.  She is very excited about being part of our staff this year on a permanent basis.

6) Tammy Pewitt:  Mrs. Pewitt is not new to our staff, but she is new to the teaching profession.  Mrs. Pewitt has worked with our Life Skills students as a paraprofessional.  This past summer she earned hear teacher's certificate and we are now blessed to have her as a teacher.  

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